One by one, the lives lost to last weekend's fire in Fremont were celebrated on screen, a series of snapshots taken in happier times.
The boy who dreamed of playing point guard for the Boston Celtics. The siblings who adored their older brother. The girl who liked to jump rope. And the young woman who could win any argument she set her mind to.
The emotional slide show capped Friday's public memorial to those five family members at Seattle Center's KeyArena. The multicultural crowd, estimated at 3,500, largely reflected an East African population united in grief over the loss of so many young lives.
"Your sorrow is our sorrow," said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. "Your grief is Seattle's grief. We walk with you in your grief because we are — and will be — one community."..more..