About a thousand people gathered at Ben Lomond High School in Ogden Thursday evening for a public memorial service in honor of Emilie Parker, one of the victims of last week's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Emilie's father, Robbie Parker, spoke to the crowd of driving Emilie's younger sister around Ogden to see the thousands of pink ribbons decorating the city in memory of those who lost their lives.
"As much beauty as you guys gave us with your work and your effort," he said, "the thought in my mind of seeing the people doing that was much more beautiful, and I thank you for that."
After he spoke, the crowd went out on a darkened football field to release 27 hot air balloons in memory of the victims. Emilie Parker will be laid to rest on Saturday after a private funeral. She was six years old.