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Funeral to Be Held for Slain Social Worker

Necn affiliate WPTZ reports the funeral for Lara Sobel, 48, will be held at 11 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Capitol Plaza Hotel on State Street in Montpelier

Lara Sobel
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The funeral for the Vermont social worker who was shot and killed outside her office will be held Tuesday morning.

Necn affiliate WPTZ reports the funeral for Lara Sobel, 48, will be held at 11 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Capitol Plaza Hotel on State Street in Montpelier.

Sobel was shot twice in the upper extremities - including once when she was already on the ground - as she exited the Barre building that houses the regional office of the state Department for Children and Families.

Jody Herring, 40, pleaded not guilty to killing Sobel in Vermont Superior Court on Monday and was ordered held without bail.

Prosecutors believe Herring killed Sobel because she was upset over losing custody of her daughter.

Police also believe that before shooting the 48-year-old Sobel, Herring shot and killed her own two cousins and an aunt in the neighboring town of Berlin. Charges have not been filed in connection with the deaths of Regina Herring, 43, and Rhonda Herring, 48, the suspect's cousins; and Julie Falzarano, 73, an aunt.

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