Homicide

Vigil planned for slain Vermont social worker; suspect also accused in deaths of 3 relatives

  • This photo provided by the Barre City Police Department shows Jody Herring. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, that the three women found dead at a Berlin home Saturday morning were an aunt and two cousins of Herring. Herring was arrested on a murder charge in the death of Lara Sobel. Sobel was gunned down after work Friday outside a state office building in Barre. (Barre City Police Department via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    This photo provided by the Barre City Police Department shows Jody Herring. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, that the three women found dead at a Berlin home Saturday morning were an aunt and two cousins of Herring. Herring was arrested on a murder charge in the death of Lara Sobel. Sobel was gunned down after work Friday outside a state office building in Barre. (Barre City Police Department via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, photo, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, at podium, and other officials brief the media on the deaths of four people a day earlier in Barre, Vt. Authorities say Jody Herring shot and killed state social worker Lara Sobel, who had handled a case in which Herring's 9-year-old daughter had been removed from her home. On Saturday, the bodies of three of Herring's relatives were found at the family home in neighboring Berlin. (AP Photo/Dave Gram)

    In this Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, photo, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, at podium, and other officials brief the media on the deaths of four people a day earlier in Barre, Vt. Authorities say Jody Herring shot and killed state social worker Lara Sobel, who had handled a case in which Herring's 9-year-old daughter had been removed from her home. On Saturday, the bodies of three of Herring's relatives were found at the family home in neighboring Berlin. (AP Photo/Dave Gram)  (The Associated Press)

A vigil is planned for the Vermont Department for Children and Families social worker who was gunned down as she left her office in Barre.

DCF workers and members of the Vermont State Employees Association will gather at Old Labor Hall in Barre at 4 p.m. Sunday and march to Barre Place, where Lara Sobel was shot to death Friday afternoon as she left her office.

Police have charged 40-year-old Jody Herring with first-degree murder, and they say she is suspected in the killings of three of her relatives earlier Friday.

Officials say Sobel was involved in the case in which Herring lost custody of her 9-year-old daughter, who remains in state care.

It was not immediately known if Herring has a lawyer who could comment on her behalf.