Vigil for Jose “Eric” Alvarado

Vigils never seem to be any easier on the conscious to shoot. A week ago a Hickman High School student drowned after swimming in the Missouri River near the mouth of the Perche Creek. The next day family and friends gathered at Cosmo Park for a vigil to honor 17-year-old. It was an emotional remembrance and I tried to be as conservative with my shooting as much as a possible, shooting only momentarily while mostly standing in silence with the others. Immediately after the family arrived I informed the father that I was sorry for his loss. From then on I only shot when I felt the moment was right and stood as an observer. Of course you feel bad to be there but after talking with the father and brother when asking for names I got the feeling the were OK with my presence, which made being there a little easier on my mind.

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