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PHOTOS: Vigil for Boulder shooting victims brings community together in crisis

Hundreds gathered on Pearl Street to mourn the 10 victims of a shooting at a local King Soopers on Monday.

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With candles, songs and flowers, hundreds of mourners gathered to remember the victims who died in the King Soopers shooting this week.

Wednesday night’s vigil was not the first remembrance for the deceased. Houses of worship had held virtual services since the shooting and people gathered Monday night in a park near the grocery store. A police procession Wednesday afternoon escorted the body of Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley, who was killed in the line of duty, from Boulder to a funeral home in Aurora.

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Memorials in front of the grocery store and at a patrol car continue to garner flowers, candles and notes for Talley, as well as Denny Stong, Neven Stanisic, Rikki Olds, Lonna Bartkowiak, Teri Leiker, Suzanne Fountain, Kevin Mahoney, Lynn Murray and Jody Waters.

Yet at Wednesday night’s vigil, held outside the Boulder County Courthouse, the community held dual space for mourning and resilience, a space to come together in a time when gathering for any occasion has been rare.

The coronavirus pandemic kept masks on faces, but the risk of a virus was worth it for many who needed a comforting hug, a hand to hold, a shoulder to cry on. Musicians played and sang songs of grief and solidarity. A longtime Boulderite led the crowd in Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind,” a local favorite. Someone else led “Amazing Grace.”

Speaking to the community, Interim City Manager Chris Meschuk recalled a post-Columbine vigil. Offering a path moving forward, he said, “Let’s heal together.”


Maria Guizler, at center, pauses during the vigil for Table Mesa King Soopers shooting victims on March 24, 2021, at the Boulder County Courthouse. (Hugh Carey, Special to The Colorado Sun)
Photographs of people who died in a shooting at the Table Mesa King Soopers, including Rikki Olds, left, are illuminated by candles placed on the paved pavilion in front of the Boulder County Courthouse on March 24, 2021. (Hugh Carey, Special to The Colorado Sun)
Xanthe Thomason, left, consoles her wife, Dana Derichsweiler, right, during a vigil at the Boulder County Courthouse on March 24, 2021, for victims of the Table Mesa King Soopers shooting. They own The Walnut Cafe, which has a location in the same shopping complex as the grocery store where 10 people died. (Hugh Carey, Special to The Colorado Sun)
Photographs of people who died in a shooting at the Table Mesa King Soopers, including Denny Stong, left, and Lonna Bartkowiak are illuminated by candles placed on the paved pavilion in front of the Boulder County Courthouse on March 24, 2021. (Hugh Carey, Special to The Colorado Sun)
Zoe Kircos, left, Ava Rast, center, and Peter Rast pause during Wednesday’s vigil for victims of the Table Mesa King Soopers shooting. (Hugh Carey, Special to The Colorado Sun)
A star typically lit only during the winter holidays, glows on Flagstaff Mountain above Boulder on March 24, 2021. The star was to be illuminated for 10 days to honor the 10 people who died in the shooting. (Hugh Carey, Special to The Colorado Sun)

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