The community and friends decorate the home of the Barry family with lights for the Sunday vigil

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One of the main organizers, Thor Pakosz, had been friends with the family for 5 years and even spent Easter with them.

DULUTH, Minnesota – Lights were hung on and around the Barry family home on East 12th Street on Saturday as the Duluth community prepares to gather to remember the mother, father and two young daughters killed by the family’s nephew on Wednesday.

A group of community members and those who knew the family spent the cold, rainy afternoon hanging Christmas lights and decorations on the house because the family of 4 loved Christmas, and to help give back some light to the grieving neighborhood, organizers said.

One of the main organizers, Thor Pakosz, had been friends with the family for 5 years and even spent Easter with them.

“It’s not going to go away immediately, it takes time to find closure,” Pakosz said. “And the health that we need and the recovery from that.”

“We want to pay tribute to them, show them the respect and love we had for them,” he said, holding back tears.

People are invited at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, with the program due to start at 8:00 p.m.

12th Street will be closed at 6 a.m.

People are asked to bring children’s books in honor of the two little girls to be distributed to young people in the town.

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