Vigil in memory of fire victims
The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association organized a candlelight vigil and prayer service this evening in memory of the seven victims of this morning’s fire at 77 Branch Street. Tonight’s event began at 5:30 pm with a gathering at Pailin City which is just a short distance on Branch Street from the fire scene. A group in excess of 150 neighbors and community members gathered there and were led up Branch Street to the site of the fire. Because it is still considered an active fire scene, the group stayed across the street from the building. A group of orange-robed Buddhist monks chanted in prayer while members of the crowd held lit candles. Mayor Rodney Elliott next spoke briefly, offering his condolences and praising the entire Lowell community, but especially the Lowell Fire Department, for the response to the fire. (Also in attendance were City Manager Kevin Murphy, City Councilor Corey Belanger, and School Committee member Jim Leary). More than a dozen television cameras and an equal number of photographers and reporters covered the event.