Thursday, February 23, 2012
Thursday is the Columbia Heights High School student's funeral; here is a look back at last Sunday's candlelight vigil.
Here are scenes from the candlelight vigil in memory of Chris Hanson last Sunday at Northeast Park in Minneapolis. His funeral is taking place Thursday in Columbia Heights. For a short video from the vigil, click here. At least two trains went past the site where Hanson died during the vigil—the first slowing as mourners moved off the tracks where a crosses were set up and flowers and stuffed animals left. Fillmore Street NE was lined with tow company vehicles flashing their lights in honor of the event. About 400–500 people attended the vigil, which took place in the softball fields between Fillmore Street NE and the tracks. After a heartfelt prayer was offered (see video), bunches of white balloons were released into the evening sky. A …
Monday, February 20, 2012
Prayer at candlelight vigil at Northeast Park for 15-year-old who had been hopping trains.
Part of the prayer at the vigil in memory of Columbia Heights High School student Chris Hanson, who was killed on Thursday near railroad tracks in Minneapolis.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Candlelight memorials for Chris Hanson will take place in NE Mpls. and Columbia Heights
Update (1 p.m. Sunday): See "7:30 p.m. Saturday" update below for information on the vigil for Chris Hanson on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Minneapolis. See "5:15 p.m. Saturday" update below for information on the Feb. 26 vigil in Columbia Heights. A memorial fund has been established in the name of Christopher Curtis Hanson, according to family friend Mindy Hoffman. Starting Tuesday, any Wells Fargo bank will accept donations to the fund. An article on the front page of the Sunday Star Tribune describes how Hanson's mother, Melissa Standal, learned of his death near railroad tracks in Minneapolis, as well as other details: A sophomore at Columbia Heights High School, Chris was on the track, swim and baseball teams. He dreamed of …