Grace Chen Candlelight Vigil

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

It was just two weeks ago that 4 year old Grace Chen died in a tragic fire at the Stepping Stones day care in Tallahassee. Friday night, community members shared their grief at a candlelight vigil that took place on FSU's Langford Green.

Several groups from the Tallahassee Chinese community finally had a moment to channel their pain, including those from the Chen family's church.

David Wang, with the Tallahassee Chinese Christian Church said, "All our hearts are broken and the family of Grace are deeply suffering from the loss of their beloved little daughter."

Others who experienced the loss first hand the day of the fire were also present. OFC Robert Hamby with the Tallahassee Police Department said, "I was the first officer on scene and I also have a 5 year old little Asian girl, so this is very dear to me."

The vigil's mistress of ceremonies was Tallahassee's first lady, Jane Marks. Grace was also honored with the singing of "Amazing Grace" by Allie Brooks, an FSU graduate and an award winning singer. Another music performance featured Haiqiong Deng who played a piece originally written for children killed in the Chinese earthquake. It was performed on a traditional Chinese instrument.

A funeral for Grace Chen will be held Saturday at the Tallahassee Chinese Christian Church at 2:00p.m.

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