Slaying victim Amy Lord remembered as nurturing leader

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She left her home here and headed for the city. It is what lots of young people do after high school in this speck of a town along Route 20.

Amy Lord’s city was Boston, and she made it her home after graduating from Bentley University. She was fresh into her career with a digital marketing and Web design firm, and like so many twentysomethings just starting out, appeared to be sharing a South Boston apartment with several friends.

But her roots were here in Wilbraham, 7 miles off-the-beaten path east of Springfield.

It is the type of place where just about everybody knows your name, and you either love it or hate it for that very reason. It is the type of place where elite athletes and scholars are revered and remembered, and Lord was both as a varsity cheerleader and honors student.

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