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Family gathers to remember slain Bartlett woman

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SEARCY, AR (WMC-TV) - An emotional father remembered his late daughter at a visitation Monday night in Searcy.

Dennis Rine spoke to Action News 5 just days after his daughter was shot to death, and her husband was charged in her murder.

"Tuesday was her birthday," Dennis Rine said. "That's the last time I talked with her."

Thursday, Rine got the call his daughter was missing.
 
"It's a phone call every parent would not want to have. You don't want that call," he said.

A Bartlett police affidavit says Micah's husband, Thomas Pate, later admitted he shot his wife and then threw the gun into the Loosahatchie River. After police and family searched for Micah for nearly a day, Thomas led officers to the location of his wife's body, at the Loosahatchie River east of Brunswick Road.

Monday night, Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas was the location for a visitation in Micah's name, as well as the planned site for a memorial service Tuesday.

Family members said Harding played a big role in Micah's life. Her father taught there for decades, she received her nursing degree there, and it was where she met her husband.

Thomas Pate is charged with second degree murder in Micah's death.

"Your natural reaction is to be upset," said her brother, Casey Rine. "We're praying the lawyers take care of that. We're just trying to focus on her life. She was incredible."

Micah Pate's family did not want to talk about Thomas Pate, or say if there were any problems in the marriage.  They just wanted to remember Micah someone her father said 'just wanted to help people.'  It was shy, they said, she who recently cut her hair short to donate it to Locks of Live, an organization that makes wigs for ill people.

"She was my little sister," Casey said.  "I loved her to death."

Micah Pate turned 26 on Tuesday.

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