Memorial Held For GREAT WHITE Nightclub Fire Victims

Eric Tucker of The Associated Press reports;

Much has changed since the last anniversary of The Station nightclub fire — a 2003 blaze sparked by pyrotechnics for the '80s rock band GREAT WHITE that killed 100 people.

Criminal prosecutions have been resolved. Relatives of those killed spoke of their sorrow in court. Reams of grand jury testimony detailing the frightening first moments of the disaster were unsealed.

Still, as family and friends gathered Sunday to mark the fourth anniversary of the Feb. 20, 2003 fire, the grief was still fresh.

"It never ends," said John Richmond, whose daughter, Kelly Vieira, 40, died in the fire. "It's not something I can shut off like a faucet."

About 250 people attended the service that included music, an invocation, a recitation of the victims' names and 100 seconds of silence.

"People who can even keep their emotions at bay a good part of the year pretty much let it out on the anniversary," Chris Fontaine, whose 22-year-old-son, Mark, died in the fire, said in a recent interview.

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