OAK HARBOR, Wash. - Many community vigils took place at Burlington churches over the weekend to mourn the five people who were gunned down at a Seattle area mall on Friday.
The victims range in age from a teenager to a senior citizen. Among them is 16-year-old cancer survivor and Mount Vernon High School student Sarai Lara. She had come in to shop at Macy's Friday night.
"It's kind of hard to know she's gone and we will never see her again. I never thought this would happen to someone I cared about," one of Lara's friends said.
Her classmates plan to wear pink and purple in her honor Monday.
Belinda Galde, 64, and her 95-year-old mother Beatrice Dotson were shopping when they were both gunned down. Galde was a Snohomish County District Court probation worker.
"Belinda was an amazingly kind and caring individual who was much adored by her friends, her co-workers and the thousands of probationers who she helped find a better way to live," a statement from the Snohomish County District Court said.
Shayla Martin, 52, worked as a make up artist at Macy's. Shayla's sister told The Seattle Times she was sweet and independent.
The fifth victim, Chuck Eagan, a longtime Boeing maintenance worker from Lake Stevens, was out to dinner and shopping at Macy's with his wife. She tripped as the two ran away from gunshots. Eagan stopped to help her up. He was shot to death trying to save his wife.
Seth Pilkey, editor of a local news blog "Lake Stevens News Spot," paid tribute to Chuck Eagan on Facebook. "Today, I ask that you join me in a moment of silence for Chuck Eagan, a longtime Boeing maintenance worker from Lake Stevens. Mr. Eagan's life was cut short by the recent tragic events at Cascade mall," Pilkey wrote in a post.
Eagen is survived by his wife and two daughters. He was going to retire next year and planned on traveling.
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