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Dec 8, 2012 1:49 PM by Cristy Aranguiz - KPAX News

Residents in shock over deadly Dixon home invasion

DIXON - Residents from Dixon and neighboring St. Ignatius say they are still in shock over Thursday night's deadly home invasion in Dixon.

The community usually gathers at the Dixon Bar for a good time, but Friday the bar was filled with sadness, shock and anger.

"Something this big in my lifetime? I can't think of anything right offhand. There's been shootings and stabbings before, but not like this," bar owner John "Bud" Schmauch observed.

Bud has been friends with the victims since he was young, saying he went to school with the man who died, and like so many others in the community, is having difficulty understanding the senseless tragedy.

"It's just so hard to try to understand how and why this happened."

Many times throughout various conversations, people held back tears explaining how important the couple was to the community.

Bud is taking precautions since the crime. He showed us his gun and gives the suggestion to all who walk into his bar: be armed and protect yourself.

Some residents of the area say they won't allow fear to consume them, but others shared the notion that a crime like this can happen to anyone.

"It could've just as easily happened to her and I in here as it did up the road. Nobody's going to protect us like we will ourselves," said St. Ignatius resident Marilyn Johnson.

This is the second murder in the Mission Valley in the last few months. Nathan Butler, 16, pleaded not guilty to three felony charges including murder in the stabbing death of his stepfather. Butler remains in the Missoula jail.

A statement released to the media on Friday says Monday classes at Two Eagle River School have been cancelled "due to a death of a staff member." However, Two Eagle River school staffers are still being asked to report to work on Monday.

The suspect in the deadly home invasion, Nathan Lee William Calvert, is being held at the Sanders County jail.

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