Front Porch: Vigil for girl killed in Arizona

Snohomish County leaders, including members of the county’s Human Rights Commission, have planned a tribute Wednesday for a 9-year-old Arizona girl who was killed three years ago by border activists with ties to Everett.

The community vigil for Brisenia Flores is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. at Snohomish County’s flag pavilion, at 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett.

Brisenia was shot to death, along with her father, 29-year-old Raul Flores, on May 30, 2009. Brisenia’s mother, Gina Gonzalez, was shot but survived after a gun battle with the attackers.

Shawna Forde, formerly of Everett, and Jason Bush, also from Washington, were convicted in the case and are on Arizona’s death row. An Arizona man, Albert Gaxiola, received a life sentence. Testimony at their trials revealed Forde led the attack on Brisenia’s family as part of a plan to fund her Minutemen American Defense group through robbery. Forde founded the organization in Everett and left here in early 2009 after a series of violent incidents.

Following the vigil, a reception and short workshop are planned.

For more information, call Andrea Pettit at 425-388-3411, then dial 5 followed by ext. 7308, or andrea.pettit@snoco.org.

Lighthouse flowers: The Mukilteo Historical Society is planning to plant more than 300 flowering plants on the lighthouse grounds starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Volunteers are invited to help. The nonprofit will provide some tools but asks people to bring gloves, knee pads, stools and sunscreen. Snacks will be provided. In case of rain, the event will take place June 9th.

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