2nd annual vigil honors girl killed in racial attack

May 08, 2013

The Snohomish County Commission on Human Rights invites the community to “Humanity not Hatred,” a conversation about human rights honoring Brisenia and Raul Flores.

Nine-year-old Brisenia Flores, of Latino descent, was tragically murdered four years ago at the hands of an anti-immigrant group organized in Snohomish County. Shawna Forde, an Everett resident, was found guilty of masterminding the events that led to Flores’ death as well as the death of her father.

“We must continue the discussion that leads to an end to such senseless killings,” said Meg Winch, chair of the Human Rights Commission. “Events such as these allow us to find steps forward so that all people will be treated equally regardless of differences.”

“There is no place in our community for hate crimes, and one way to stop them is to continue educating others on the importance of diversity and inclusion,” said Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon. “We can and should do that together.”

The May 29 event will be held at the amphitheatre on the Snohomish County campus at 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett, beginning at 5:30 p.m. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., members of the Human Rights Commission will lead a conversation about action community members can take in response to racism.

During the second hour, a community concert will honor the Flores family.

For more information on the event or the Human Rights Commission of Snohomish County, contact Andrea Pettit at 425-388-7308.

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