1 year after shooting, Mukilteo to remember victims with community picnic

‘Bring your own picnic basket’ to Lighthouse Park from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, July 30
Jul 27, 2017
Photo by: Sara Bruestle This Beacon file photo shows a memorial for the three Kamiak High School alums killed in a shooting at a house party in the Chennault Beach neighborhood on July 30, 2016.

The city of Mukilteo will host a “Mukilteo Strong” community picnic to commemorate those lost in the July 2016 shooting, and to celebrate the community spirit that has helped heal and rebuild Mukilteo.

The gathering aims to honor the lives of Jake Long, Jordan Ebner and Anna Bui on the one-year mark of their passing, as well as all those who were impacted by the shooting.

“As we approach one year since that terrible night, this will be an opportunity to gather as a community to remember, support one another and be together,” Mayor Jennifer Gregerson said. “We know that Jake, Jordan and Anna all loved being with friends and so it’s appropriate that we come together and enjoy a beautiful afternoon of hope and healing.”

Community members are invited to “bring your own picnic basket” and join with others at Lighthouse Park from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, July 30, in Mukilteo. City recreation staff will be on hand with a variety of lawn games and activities, including sidewalk chalk for messages of hope and remembrance.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Mukilteo is donating free popsicles, the city will provide other small refreshments, and several community groups will be volunteering in support of the event. Free firewood will be available for beach fires in permitted fire pits, provided outdoor burning is allowed at the time.

Parking is limited at Lighthouse Park, especially on weekend days in the summer, so picnic participants are encouraged to carpool, walk, bike and ride the bus to the event. Community Transit operates hourly bus service to Lighthouse Park on route 113, and the Sunday bus schedule can be accessed online.

Additional parking is available at the Rosehill Community Center, which is less than one-half mile from Lighthouse Park. The lower parking lot at the Community Center is located near the intersection of 3rd Street and Lincoln Avenue in Mukilteo.

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