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Fundraiser planned for family of Vt. murder victims

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Cheyenne Sheldon sobbed uncontrollably when Sylvester Labartino was arraigned in Rutland Criminal Court in February on two counts of second-degree murder; one for allegedly killing her father Shane Plummer, the other for the death of her brother Chris Plummer. Family friends say she is still in shock.

"These are two people who were killed way too early in life," said Scott Welch, a family friend.

Friends say Shane Plummer was the only father Sheldon had ever known. He became her legal guardian when she was a young girl and always treated her as his very own. Now, the 19-year-old is not only reeling from the loss of two family members, but is left without a way to pay for her tuition.

"It's a bad thing that we're all talking about, but somebody has to do something to raise some money," Welch said.

Welch is part of a group of friends of the Plummer family working to raise funds to cover the expenses the family faced for the funeral, as well as Cheyenne Sheldon's Castleton State College nursing school tuition. He says he still cannot believe this happened to people he had worked with, and right in his own backyard.

"On the job site. Father and son were shot, right here in Hubbardton," Welch said.

Shane Plummer, 57, and his 26-year-old son, Chris, frequently worked together as electricians.

"He was a good hard worker and a good dad and a good brother," said Michelle Charron, Shane Plummer's sister.

According to court documents, on Feb. 12, Labartino's landlord called the Plummers to do work on his rented home in Hubbardton. Labartino did not want them there and they left. But the landlord asked them to return in the afternoon. Police say when they did, Labartino shot the father and son with a rifle. Charron said they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time and she was devastated by the deaths.

"It just doesn't seem real, it just doesn't seem real," she said.

Now friends and family will come together Saturday at the American Legion in Castleton to remember their lost loved ones and raise funds with a basket raffle. Family friends say they hope the legal process will bring them some closure, but nothing can bring their beloved friends-- and Sheldon's brother and father-- back.

Labartino is due back in court Monday.

For more details on the fundraising effort for the Plummer family you can call Nancy at 802-468-5765.

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