As Oak Bay mourns the loss of two young girls killed in a double homicide, community leaders are planning a vigil for the victims on Saturday.
Chloe Berry, 6, and her sister Aubrey, 4, were found dead in an Oak Bay apartment on Christmas Day in what police are calling a double homicide.
The District of Oak Bay, which is organizing the vigil, said residents from the community and the region can come to Willows Beach to “comfort each other and to show support for these precious children, their family and their loved ones.”
The candlelight vigil on Dec. 30 will start at 7 p.m. on Willows Beach and will last for approximately one hour. There will be a stage area adjacent to the Kiwanis Tea House and the vigil will include formal remarks and a music performance.
People attending the vigil are asked to bring a candle and dress for the weather. Reflective clothing is recommended as well.
The district is encouraging people to walk or take transit to the vigil, but they are also anticipating neighbourhood streets may be busy for several hours on Saturday evening.
Oak Bay police said if possible, people driving should try to park at least a block away as the parking lot will be reserved for those assisting with the vigil and for people with disabilities. People who park close to Willows Beach should expect lengthy delays when leaving the vigil. Police officers will be assisting with crossing to Willows Beach.
Re. Vigil Willows Beach Sat @ 7pm. If possible, pls park a block away. Parking lot will be reserved for those assisting with vigil & those w/ disabilities. If you park close to Willows, expect lengthy delays upon departure. Police will assist with crossing Beach.See you there
— Oak Bay Police (@OakBayPolice) December 29, 2017
“We have been shaken as a community,” the district said in a statement. “This event is an opportunity to come together in grief and in love to mourn the tragic loss of two of our young citizens.”