The community of Chippewa Falls gathered Sunday evening at Halmstad Elementary, where hundreds of people remembered the lives of the victims in Saturday’s tragedy.
“Our hearts are broken,” said Sheri Jasper, board member of the Girl Scouts Northwestern Great Lakes. “When we weep, we all weep together.”
Jasper said this tragedy comes as a shock to many, especially to fellow Girl Scouts.
“For many of them, this is something new to lose a child,” said Jasper. “They will rely on the strength of their leaders and other professionals in their schools and communities.”
Candles lit the night, songs were sung, and through the grief, hearts were connected.
“We’re going through a storm as girl scouts and as a community,” said Chippewa Falls mother and former Girl Scout, Tricia Voigt. “Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout.”
The Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District also commented Sunday, showing their support in the midst of the tragedy.
“Chippewa Falls is a close-knit community,” said Superintendent, Heidi Eliopoulos. “There are a lot of people hurting right now on behalf of our children.”
Girl Scout troops are asking people to wear green on Monday to support Chippewa Falls Troop 3055.