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In Photos: Hundreds Gather in Prayer for Former NJHS Student

The community rallies around the Haros, a family impacted by a deadly fire in Pacifica, showing up in mass to pray and sing. Learn more about how you can help.

Hundreds of community members, both associated with local schools and not, blocked Inverness Drive for hours last night as they held vigil for two victims of a . 

Irma Haro, the grandmother of , 13, who died in the fire, and daughter of a 91-year-old man who died in the same fire, led the group in prayers and rounds of "Amazing Grace" before the very house where tragedy struck.

School officials confirmed Tuesday that Christian had also attended and transferred to in Pacifica in November.

Newark Junior High Principal Mark E. Neal said the Newark Junior High community will gather in a moment of silence at lunchtime today and had positive memories of the eighth-grader.

"He was a well-liked kid, a pretty good athelete, and had a great smile according to his teachers," Neal said.

The Haro family sent out a note to Pacifica schools and , which were both places of learning for the Haro children, inviting parents and students to attend the vigil on Monday night.

“I knew a lot of people would show up,” Sue Chavez, a Sunset Ridge Elementary School PTO member said. “We’re a very, very close community ...it’s good to see the support, the love because I know the caring and the compassion are definitely there.”

The Sunset Ridge principal and PTO have set up a memorial fund for the Haro Family, she said. She encouraged community members to donate. 

If you would like to make a donation, you can do it by:

1. Sending a check made out to the Haro Family Memorial Fund to Sunset Ridge Elementary School, 340 Inverness Drive, Pacifica, CA 94044. They will deposit the funds for you. or
2. Go by any Wells Fargo Bank and deposit the money directly into the Haro Family Memorial Fund. Account #8882135802.
3. If you are a Wells Fargo customer, you can transfer funds to the Haro Family Memorial Fund electronically. 

Kasie Ann MacDonald April 04, 2012 at 12:22 AM
I was there last night and it was the hardest thing to deal with

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