Vigil for Silver Spring fatal fire


Trying to make sense of the devastating fire at a Silver Spring apartment, locals gathered Sunday night for an interfaith prayer vigil.

All ages, races, and religious beliefs came together for a walk from the Long Branch Library to the edge of the investigation scene.

Hundreds of people sang songs and prayed in a number of languages.

The vigil happened just hours after police released the names of people still missing following the Flower Branch Apartments fire.

A number of speakers at the event acknowledged the generous support the community has shown those affected by the fire.

“I think this speaks loud about solidarity and about knowing in our hearts what is really important, and knowing that life is fragile and sacred and we have to take care of it,” said Friar Erick Lopez, St. Camillus Church.

Montgomery County Police, Fire and Rescue, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives continue to search for more victims and clues to what caused the incident Wednesday night.

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