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Keyin College hosts Red Dress Vigil in Marystown

People gathered at the adopt-a-spot belonging to Keyin College to pay tribute to missing and murdered women and girls during a red dress vigil hosted by the college.
People gathered at the adopt-a-spot belonging to Keyin College to pay tribute to missing and murdered women and girls during a red dress vigil hosted by the college. - Colin Farrell
MARYSTOWN, N.L. —

 It was an evening of music, sharing and togetherness as a large crowd gathered at Keyin College's adopt-a-spot in Marystown just after sundown on Oct. 17.
"We thought it went really well," said Loretta Lewis, principal at the college. "This is our third annual event for the red dress, we were really pleased with the turn out, the support in the community and to have Courtney (Lake's) mom and family with us again last night."
Lewis said approximately 250 people attended the Red Dress Vigil.
A list of names of missing or murdered women from the last three years was read aloud as people were making their way into the area.
Lewis said the event is held as a way to show support to those in the community who are dealing with the loss of someone.
"Even though it could be 20 years ago, you never forget the way you felt the day your loved one was murdered," Lewis said.
She added she often gets messages from people who are thankful for the support they found by attending the red dress event.
"It could be thank yous from aunts and daughters, it could be from people saying 'Oh, my God, you have no idea what this meant to me', it could be another woman going through a very toxic relationship, and that's where she needed to be."
Lewis said that a lot of planning goes into the gathering.
"There's nothing in that garden, so we have to bring everything there, we have to create the feeling for the vigil. It's not just come in and sit down and we start talking. You want the candle light, you want certain songs sung, it's all in the planning."
  

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