MUKILTEO, Wash. – Hundreds gathered outside the community church of the Latter Day Saints on Sunday night, to mourn the loss of three teens. The vigil was one day after the town learned, three of their own were shot and killed, another injured at a house party in the Chennault Neighborhood.
The focus of Sunday night remained on the three lives taken, 19-year-olds Anna Bui, Jordan Ebner and Jake Long. The fourth person injured in the shooting, 19-year-old Will Kramer, survived, despite getting shot. Our sources confirm he is in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center.
His father, Paul Kramer spoke to our partners at the Seattle Times and said his son is talking and showing signs of progress. Hundreds signed a get well card on Sunday that will be delivered to the teen in the hospital.
Governor Jay Inslee attended Sunday’s vigil, he spoke after to Q13 News saying he is tired of the violence. “Tears are not enough in the face of this gun violence, we need action. And only action can keep our children safe and there are some commonsense things that we need to do in the threat of gun violence,” he said.
“When tragedy like this strikes, we want to do everything we can as a state,” said Governor Inslee. “The best we can do is let people know they are not alone. People in Mukilteo are not alone. The state is with them.”
Prayers of different faiths were spoken on Sunday, asking for healing and understanding for the small community of Mukilteo. Understanding, said former teammates of Jake Long, is something they will never get.
“He was one of those guys who would pick you up when you needed it and would always be there for ya,” said Cody Vigoren, a former baseball teammate of Long. When asked to describe Long, Curtis Ponton said he was “loving, outgoing, always nice to everyone he met.” He added that Jake Long “just turned into a brother.”
Counselors will be available at Rosehill Community Center this week from 9am to 3pm daily. A Caring Calendar is also be started for the families hit by the tragedy.