MARYSVILLE, MIch. (WJBK) - A tight-knit community is in mourning after a popular business owner was shot and killed by her husband Saturday.
Friends and family gathered outside of the Marysville children's play center the Jump N Jam, which Cheryl Myny owned and ran. The man leading the group in prayer told each person to raise their hands with this pledge: live more like she lived, with a little more compassion, a little more love.
"They obviously care a lot about Cheryl," said Christian Robbins who attended the vigil. "She brought a lot of joy to all these kids. I work with people and their kids used to come here all the time."
That is what the Jump N Jam was all about, bringing a little more light into the world for the littlest people. It was a place where youngsters could jump 'till their heart's content. All of that changed Saturday night. Robbins and Mary Morgan were there that night.
"All of a sudden we heard pop," said Morgan. "I was with my granddaughter; she is only two months old."
Cheryl's husband walked into the play center after they'd allegedly argued.
"We heard pop again," said Morgan. "And they looked in the four cameras and she said someone just got shot."
"My niece was out there so I ran and picked up the only little girl that was out there, which I didn't know at the time was Cheryl's daughter," Robbins said. "Then I ran back out there to go see how she was, and it was not pretty at all. It was something I will never get out of my head."
The sounds and candles of Thursday night's vigil are helping to heal the wounds this entire community feels.
"She was actually comforting her 9-year-old son the whole time," Morgan said. "He actually went and sat by her and she was ... the whole time we were back there. It is a tragedy to know those kids have to grow up without a mom."
Myny's husband, Matthew Pilarowski, was found by authorities later that day dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
If you would like to help their children, a family friend has set up a GoFundMe account. You can make a donation here.