A year after her murder, friends and family honor Molly Conley
LAKE STEVENS, Wash. -- A group mourning the Seattle student who was gunned down in a drive-by shooting last June made sure on Friday that Molly Conley wasn't forgotten one year later.
Molly Conley was celebrating her 15th birthday a year ago this weekend. She was walking with friends in Lake Stevens when someone in a passing car opened fire.
"We're hurt. I've had a big chunk ripped out of me," said Molly's father John. "A beautiful young life was instantly ended."
Her family and friends are now honoring Molly by placing nearly 1,000 homemade crosses at the crime scene.
"Everyone who drives by will see it and everyone will think about it and it makes me feel good," said Erin O'Rourk, Molly's cousin.
They're remembering a girl whose loyalty, compassion and courage were boundless.
"It's so fitting that she went to a school that's motto is be true, be kind, be brave," John said.
Those words don each cross that was put in the ground on Friday. The tragic anniversary is especially difficult for Erin.
"There are times when things happen when I want to text her about it and I can't," she said.
At the gravesite Molly shares with her great grandfather, there are even more crosses for Molly.
"You lose your child and and you lose your immortality, and that's a big hole to climb out of," John said.
The trial of Erick Walker, who is accused of firing the fatal shot that killed Molly, has been continued until mid June, prolonging the family's hope for justice.
Molly's relatives and classmates will move all the crosses from the shooting scene to the cemetary on Saturday, which would have been her 16th birthday.