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County vigil honors girl slain in racial attack

 

May 23, 2012



Snohomish County’s Executive Office and Human Rights Commission invite the public to join them during a May 30 vigil honoring the death of Brisenia Flores.

Flores, of Latino descent, was tragically murdered three years ago at the hands of an anti-immigrant group organized in Snohomish County. Shawna Forde, an Everett resident, is currently on death row in Arizona for masterminding the events that led to Flores’ death as well as the death of her father.

“Because this militia-style group came out of our community, the Human Rights Commission wishes to stand together with Latino advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, community organizers, legislative representatives and Snohomish County residents against this type of hate-based activity,” said Meg Winch, chair of the county’s Human Rights Commission.

The community vigil in remembrance of the 9-year-old’s death will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Snohomish County Campus’s flag pavilion, located at 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. Among the speakers will be Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon and state Rep. Luis Moscoso.

“This was a senseless death based on racist behaviors and ideas,” Reardon said. “We must work together to stamp out such racism in Snohomish County, Washington state and this nation. Events such as these will help draw awareness to the problems we face.”

“I am encouraged that people are coming together for this vigil and I am proud of our communities for recognizing the value of human life regardless of race or preconceptions of citizenship,” said Moscoso, of Peruvian heritage, who has for years been involved in activities to fight racism, oppression and violence. “She was quite literally caught in the crossfire of racialized anti-immigrant behavior.”

Following the vigil, there will be a reception and short workshop to discuss how the community can work collaboratively to prevent this type of tragedy from occurring again.

For more information, contact Andrea Pettit at 425-388-3411, ext. 7308, or andrea.pettit@snoco.org.

 

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