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Slain Woodland woman remembered as 'vivacious, full of life'

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Janell Knight (Courtesy: Family photo) Janell Knight (Courtesy: Family photo)

A Woodland woman who was gunned down in her home is being remembered by family and friends as funny, kind and vivacious.

Janell Knight, 43, was one of three victims police found dead on a property off Northwest 417th St. Another victim is recovering in the hospital after surviving a gunshot wound to the jaw.

A longtime coworker and friend of Knight, Christie Weber, told Fox 12 Monday that one of the other victims was Knight’s boyfriend. Weber said Knight was dating Joseph Lamar and lived at the home where they were both found dead. The other victim that died, Zachary Thompson, was a friend of the pair, according to Weber.

Several family members of Knight, including her younger sister Brenda Eyman, said that everyone who knew Knight is devastated by the loss of a woman described as larger than life.

“My sister is the most amazing, beautiful, caring person I have ever known,” Eyman said in an email that also included several photos of Knight. "From her crazy-deep belly laugh, to the fun hats at high tea time, and also the deep concern of those she loved, nothing can ever replace her.”

The loss comes as not only unexpected, but confusing to those who knew Knight.

Eyman said that she doesn’t know the suspect, 35-year-old Brent Luyster, and was horrified to learn about his past crimes and accusations. She also said she is unaware whether Knight knew Luyster or not, but said Knight was a good person who didn't deserve this.

Weber said she worked with Knight earlier that Friday and said her friend had cheered her up during a rough day.

“She was making me laugh - oh my word that girl could make me laugh - she was so funny and so witty and so quick,” Weber said. “She was vivacious, full of life. She just had this amazing laugh and people were just drawn to her.”

Weber said she is also stumped as to why Luyster was at the home and is searching for answers.

“I really want to know why, why them?” Weber said. "Janell was innocent, she was a loving, fun, full of life  innocent person.”

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