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Community Comes Together for Candlelight Vigil

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- A candle light vigil will be held tonight, Feb. 22 at 8 pm to remember the life of Hailey Owens.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- A candle light vigil will be held tonight, Feb. 22 at 8 pm to remember the life of Hailey Owens.
 
There has been an outpouring of support from the Springfield community as well as people from around the country and the world following the loss of 10 year-old Hailey Owens.

The vigil will take place at 8 pm on historic Commercial St. attendees are asked to gather at the intersection of Campbell and Commercial St. on the west side. The march will move east along Commercial Street and end at the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge.

A moment of silence will be held at the conclusion of the march.

Commercial Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 7:45 pm until 9:15 pm from Campbell Ave to Washington Ave.

Attendees are asked to bring your own candles, as they will not be provided.

In a statement released from The City of Springfield it details the plan for tonight’s vigil:

City officials are putting plans in place for a large crowd to gather Saturday night on Commercial Street for a candlelight march in memory of Hailey Owens.

The grassroots event is organized by Joe Bridges and a Facebook event shows that nearly 6,000 people plan to attend.

Participants should park south of Commercial Street in public parking lots. Organizations, such as CoxHealth, Convoy of Hope and Central Assemblies of God have agreed to allow overflow parking in their lots further south off Boonville. (See attached parking map).

Commercial Street will be blocked off from Lyon to Washington from 7 -9:15 p.m. The march will begin at Campbell and Commercial at 8:15 and proceed east to the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge. Springfield Public Works will illuminate the bridge with purple lights, one of Hailey’s reported favorite colors. Please bring your own candles, as they will not be provided.

“We hope this will be healing moment for our community,” said Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Seifried. “Many people have expressed to me the need to come together as a community in support of Hailey’s family and friends, and honor her memory.

Both Springfield Police and Fire Departments will provide public safety services and CoxHealth and Mercy have volunteered to provide standby EMS service. Event support is provided by Urban Districts Alliance and the Commercial Club.

Empire Bank has also set up a memorial account in Hailey's name to help the family with expenses. Donations can be made at any branch.

Parking instructions provided by The City of Springfield

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