Simultaneous Vigils Honor Kake Teen Victim's Life

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by Reporter: Natalie Travis
by Photographer: Eric Stratton

ANCHORAGE--Simultaneous vigils were held all across Alaska in an outpouring of love and support, honoring 13-year-old Mackenzie Howard Friday (2/8).

The Kake teen was recently found in a church entryway and the death is being treated as a homicide, according to officials.

Liz Medicine Crow from Kake, spear headed a candlelight vigil in downtown Anchorage. The event began at First Alaskans Institute and ended at town square.

Just returning from her home town, Medicine crow says the small Tlingit community is suffering from shock. She says the vigils are a way for people who feel for Howard's family to give a minute of comfort.
 
"You just can't imagine this, you just can't imagine this happening to your family," Medicine Crow said. "You can't imagine it happening to your 7th grader or your niece and nephew, so everybody just wants to do something."

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