Dozens of family, friends and neighbors gathered in front of the scene of Saturday morning’s fire tonight to remember the five lives lost in the blaze.
They left flowers and wrote notes of remembrance in the growing memorial along the fence outside of the charred townhouse.
Daniel Gebregiorgis, the brother and uncle to the victims, attended the event along with Chris Smith, the father of one of the children lost. Gebregiorgis read some of the notes left at the memorial.
A bank account has been set up at Bank of America to donate money to the families. It’s called the Seattle Children’s Fire Fund. A new booth is being set up at this weekend’s Fremont Fair, where people can make donations, as well.
The potluck event was organized by next door neighbor Allecia Clemons, who said she wanted to help people to find peace after the tragic fire. Clemons is also working on setting up a community concert to raise money for the family — an effort that has attracted the attention of the Parks Department and other musicians who want to help. If you’re interested in helping organize the concert, please contact Allecia at firstname.lastname@example.org.