Saturday, June 19, 2010

Community gathers to remember five victims

As the service began, a woman wailed as mourners, expected to reach 2,500 in number, continued entering the arena. Killed in the swift-moving fire at Helen Gebregiorgis’ Fremont apartment were three of her children, Joseph Gebregiorgis, 13, Nisreen Shamam, 6, and Yaseen Shamam, 5; her sister, Yerusalem Gebregiorgis, 22; and a niece, 7-year-old Nyella Smith, daughter of a third sister,m Yordanos Gebregiorgis. The names of the dead were displayed on the electronic reader board above the crowd. Many in attendance were dressed in traditional attire, with women in flowing garments and white shawls known as netellas, worn at spiritual events. Read more…

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