Thursday, September 18, 2008

Chatsworth Teens Plan Metrolink Memorial Friday

Two Chatsworth teens are organizing a candlelight vigil to honor the victims, survivors and heroes of the horrific Metrolink and Union Pacific train crash of last Friday.

The ceremony will begin at 6:45 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19, at the Chatsworth train station, 10046 Old Depot Plaza Rd.

Haley Giz and Kristen Kiertzner met at Pepper Tree Ranch in Chatsworth as horseback riding partners when they were in the fourth and sixth grade. Haley, now 15, attends Chaminade College Preparatory as a sophomore and Kristen, 17, attends Opportunities for Learning Independent Study as a senior.

After the Metrolink tragedy of Sept. 12, Haley and Kristen were so devastated by the incident that they called each other and collaborated on an idea for a candlelight vigil. They handmade more than 200 tea light candles but realized that there was much more they wanted to do.

They decided to get the community involved. Soon friends and neighbors began donating their time and talent to make the vigil happen. Local businesses were quick to support Haley and Kristen by posting their flyers to inform the community of the candlelight memorial.

Submitted by Chatsworth Neighborhood Council

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