A Candlelight vigil Friday night in Kirkland marked one week since 26 school children and staff were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.
The event was an effort to remember and rebuild the lives devastated that day.
“We thought about sending money but that felt really impersonal,” said Joene LaBou, a Kirkland resident.
LaBou wanted to do something to let the victims of the shooting know that people in her community care about what happened. She started an effort called “Brick By Brick,” which aims to have thousands of bricks decorated and shipped to Newtown, Connecticut to be used in a monument there.
“I can’t imagine how they’re feeling,” she said.
7-Year-Old Amethyst Bernard was among the many children that decorated a brick. She dedicated hers to a victim named Allison, who was close to her age.
“I’m sad Allison died. I think when they (the victim’s family) sees this, they’ll be happy and remember Allison,” said Bernard.
Pictures of each of the victims were displayed by candlelight. The emotional crowd observed a moment of silence for the lives lost, followed by a bagpipe and musical tribute.
LaBou hopes the project brings strength to those still dealing with last week’s devastation.
“In some way, this is something for them to hang onto that’s not going to go away. They don’t have much right now,” she said.
Organizers have 1,800 bricks so far. Once they’re all designed LaBou says a Woodinville trucking company has volunteered to drive them to Newtown.