Recently our community suffered a devastating loss, one that every city hopes never happens. Five families were thrown into life-changing turmoil when four young adults were shot, three fatally. Tragic too, is the life of the young man who perpetrated the whole scenario and will now face not only the consequences but the bitter truth of what he has done.
At a time when the most pressing issue to be faced should be which college to attend, which car to buy, or which pair of shoes to wear for the day, dozens of young adults who attended the house party must now sift through ragged emotions and understandable fear. We as a community are also struck with the realization that the quiet, and some would say privileged town in which we live is not as safe as we once thought.
Still, the spirit and resolve of Mukilteo is never more evident than when you drive around town and see purple ribbons adorning trees, to signify the #MukilteoStrong (and Kamiak High School colors) mantra. Purple ribbons are being worn as a show of solidarity and vigils have taken place to aid those grieving and lost, to come together and comfort one another.
The community continues to have support for those who want to talk with someone, is having difficulty coping, and needs an outlet for their confusion, questions, and grief.
If you want someone to talk to, stop in, Tuesday 11-1 @ City Hall and Thursday 6-830 @ Rosehill. There’s also the 24 hour line through Volunteers of America for anyone who is hurting: 800-584-3578. They have a chat option on their website too: https://www.voaww.org
Stay strong, Mukilteo.