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10-years since murder of Peaceprints creator

Posted at 6:55 PM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-12 09:40:02-05

A commemorative event marked the 10th anniversary of the tragic death of Sister Karen Klimczak.

Dozens attended the event at the Bissonette House to pay tribute and show honor to the Buffalo pioneer. Klimczak founded Peaceprints of WNY and reopened the Bissonette House as a halfway house for former prisoners.

She was also known for placing dove signs with "Days of Peace" around the city. They were a reminder for the length of time since Buffalo's last murder.

Things went terribly wrong for this devoted nun on Good Friday in 2006. One of the men she was working with killed her, after a botched attempt to steal from her.

Ten years later, friends and supporters are continuing to let her legacy shine. "This was something she really really believed in," said Sister Karen's friend, Joan Faltyn.

One former prisoner who lives in the Bissonette said if it wasn't for Sister Karen's vision, he wouldn't have a home. "Since she put this house together, she has given me like a chance to you know get myself back into society," Matthew Bixby.

Thursday Peaceprints unveiled the newly painted peace prints sign in front of the Bissonette House. It's a constant reminder about the murder rate in Buffalo.

Those who attended Thursday's event went home with peace doves to put in their yards, as a reminder of Sister Karen's legacy. 

For more information, call 716-856-6131 or visit: www.peaceprintswny.org