Friends and family, city officials, police and more gathered to hang Christmas lights on the house on East 12th Street.
DULUTH, Minn.- At least 200 people come out for a vigil outside the Barry’s home, to bring some light to a community darkened by the tragic murder of two parents, their two little girls and their family dog
“It’s heartwarming to see the outpouring of support from people putting their Christmas lights on their homes in remembrance of the family’s love for Christmas,” said Duluth Council Speaker Arik Forsman. “A special moment even if it is unfortunate.
Friends and family, city officials, police and more gathered to hang Christmas lights at home on East 12e Street.
The Barrys’ favorite holiday was Christmas, and how it brought people together, and that’s what their friends and family wanted to do as they decorated the house once again on Saturday and held a vigil to remember them. .
Board Chairman Forsman hosted the event and said it was important that everyone touched by the Barrys had the chance to share their memories.
“None of us know what to say in these circumstances, but being there physically with people and letting them know it’s important, that we’re here to support them, that’s all you can do,” he said.
The Barrys’ family friends have shared fond statements from Sean, Rianna and their daughters Shiway and Sadie.
Ross Eaton, who lived on the 12e across the street for 14 years, also remembered the kindness of these two girls and bought Girl Scout cookies for the youngest, who was 9.
“I will always remember the kindness of the girls, the little one, really chatty, and she loved our dog and she sold us Girl Scout cookies,” Eaton said.
Eaton set up a table with hot drinks and refreshments for those attending the vigil, courtesy of Super One, he said.
The Barrys were also very fond of reading, which is why they had a “little free library” in their front yard.
The family has asked people to donate children’s books honoring Shiway and Sadie to be distributed to children in need in the community.