Candlelight vigil honors lives lost in devastating Spenard fire
A crowd of about 50 gathered outside the charred remains of the Royal Suites Lodge in Spenard Friday night for a candlelight vigil to honor the life of 38-year-old Teu Nua, one of two people killed in a fire that ripped through the building early Wednesday morning.
Fences recently erected by authorities to secure the site were adorned with wreaths, flowers, stuffed animals and handmade posters of Nua. Dozens of white balloons were also brought to the event where they were set loose into the night sky.
Friends, family members and co-workers of Nua took turns singing, praying and telling stories of her. Slifu Tito said she and Nua were co-workers at the Cordova Center halfway house in Anchorage.
"She had a loving heart. She would go above and beyond to help anyone in need whether they were staff or client," Tito told Channel 2. "The only time I would see her frustrated or mad or upset for that matter was when she couldn’t help."
Anchorage police on Friday identified the second victim as 63-year-old Vivian Hall. Authorities say they have not been able to reach any of her family members and are asking for the public's help. Anyone with information should contact APD at 786-8900.