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City hopes holiday tradition outshines tragedy

NILES, Mich. - Just 24-hours after multiple people were stabbed at the Amtrak Station in Niles, city officials and residents gathered to celebrate the holidays.

Michael Darnell William has been charged in the stabbings and is being held on $1 million bond in the Berrien County Jail.

While residents were somber Saturday, they were still happy to light the depot for the holidays.

“The depot has been here for so long, and it's just a terrific symbol for the city,” said Michael McCauslin, the Mayor of Niles.

McCauslin hopes Friday's incident does not ruin the reputation of the Niles trademark.

“The important thing is how we move forward,” said Mayor McCauslin.

Moving forward isn't about forgetting about what happened but over-ruling a tragedy with tradition.

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