OAKLAND, Calif. — The first anniversary of a fire that killed 36 people during an electronic music party in an Oakland, California, warehouse has been marked with a gathering outside the gutted building known as the “Ghost Ship.”
The East Bay Times reports that an Aztec group performed Saturday outside the ruins, and candles and mementos were placed at a nearby metal palm tree sculpture.
Names of the victims were read, and the Rev. Wortham Fears of Christian Academy told the gathering to remember the smiles and laughs shared with them.
Events were to continue, including a procession to Lake Merritt, art installations, a sundown observance and nighttime vigil.
The East Bay Times says some dance clubs planned to pause between 11 p.m. and midnight for a moment of silence.