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Five years later, man killed in shooting remembered through art

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"A lot of people associated him with peace and – I’m sorry hang on," Elisa Spyker said.

Five years after the death of Sean Stennet, friends like Spyker find it hard to talk about.

Stennett, a lover of the arts and his hometown of Saginaw was fatally shot inside a Saginaw home in 2010.

On the anniversary of his death, a memorial is being held at Counter Culture in Saginaw.

"I would like to see people come together, period," said Benjamin Champagne.

Champagne was a friend of Stennett's. He said Stennett embodied all the right reasons for such a memorial.

“If it's in the name of peace and in the getting together to celebrate somebody's life the impact of a positive person. That's why I want people here,” Stennett said.

Art is embracing life for the memorial. Spyker put together a quilt to continue her friend’s memory.

"He had wonderful potential he could have done amazing things," Spyker said.

Spyker used her creative skills as a seamstress to put together a quilt, using parts of Stennet’s old clothing.

"We took some of his clothes that he left behind and made into a comforting quilt," Spyker said.

Spyker wasn’t the only one contributing art to Stennet. Domingo Rosas also offered a memorial.

"Through my paper making, I thought they would interested in the project," Rosas said.

Rosas made paper from Stennett’s old clothing.

"The actual, like, breaking down of the clothing and turning it into something real," Rosas said.

All of these projects help keep Stennet alive through art.

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