The FoCG organized a 30 year anniversary memorial weekend. Events included a mass, a graveside service and a billboard unveiling. The events were well attended by local media. The following is a brief recap.
10/29/2011 The Mass was a success! It was standing room only at St. Benedict's in McMurray early Saturday morning! The Priest gave a wonderful sermon: reminding everyone justice is always served in the end. Peters Patch was there to cover the story. We will be uploading pictures from this event at a later date.
10/30/2011 The Graveside Service was a moving event. A procession of cars drove up to the graveside together. A family member spoke, as well as Chris's best friend. Purple flowers (Chris's favorite color) were placed on her grave by each person who attended. Some even brought their own bouquets. One woman sang "Amazing Grace" and there wasn't a dry eye to be found in the crowd. Finally, a bunch of 15 balloons were released into the sky. Each balloon represented how many years Chris lived. Peters Patch and all 3 television stations were in attendance.
See "Amazing Grace" sung at the graveside service.
10/31/2011 - The billboard unveiling was incredible. In spite of road construction, road crews, and limited parking, the community pulled together. Anytime Fitness was very helpful, letting us park in their lot. Also, we were appreciative of the Chief of Peters Twp who shared a few words, as did the Asst. Superintendent of Allegheny Homicide. More balloons were released today, and as they floated away, the billboard glowed with Chris's image. We successfully distributed all of the Yard signs, but will have more to distribute. All 3 television stations covered the event, as well as WJPA, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, The Almanac, The Observer Reporter, and Patch.com. Although we felt a great deal of accomplishment, the reality is we couldn't help but remember how different that day was 30 years ago. A young woman who was a student, friend, and daughter lost her life to a horrific crime. The billboard unveiling was yet another statement to remind people that 'We will never forget.'