Appeal made for fund to support slain social worker’s kids

With the anniversary of the shooting death of a Vermont social worker approaching, the state employees’ union is asking again for donations to a fund to support Lara Sobel’s children.

The 48-year-old Sobel was the Department For Children and Families social worker shot to death in Barre last Aug. 7, allegedly by 40-year-old Jody Herring, who authorities say was upset the state had removed a child from her home.

Herring has pleaded not guilty to charges that she killed three of her own relatives as well as Sobel and is being held as she awaits trial.

The Vermont State Employees’ Association is hoping the anniversary might prompt some who’ve not donated to the fund to do so. Details can be found online at www.vsea.org/donate .



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