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Perham high school student Brianna Bennett wipes away tears as she reads a letter she wrote to Tabitha Belmonte, her friend and classmate who died in Monday night's murder-suicide. The school held an assembly Friday morning in honor of Belmonte. Photo by Sam Benshoof/Forum Communications Co.

Perham students gather during assembly Friday to honor 16-year-old murder victim

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PERHAM, Minn. - One by one, Perham high school students filed out of Friday morning's assembly honoring 16-year-old Tabitha Belmonte, pausing only to wipe away tears or to comfort grieving classmates.


Belmonte was killed Monday night when she was shot by her boyfriend in a murder-suicide near Amor.

On their way out of the assembly, students dropped dollar bills in a box decorated with photos of Belmonte and her 7-month-old daughter left behind, Emma Cox.

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