Update: The memorial for Uhon Trumanna Johnson, Alexandra King and Tatianna Diz has changed dates from Friday to Sunday, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m.
Original plans called for a lantern-release, but organizers ran into issues with fire safety concerns — and instead decided to bring flowers to Carrier Park (rather than the bridge) and send them floating down the river.
“This is a community memorial for Uhon Trumanna Johnson, Alexandra King and Tatianna Diz: three of our own who were taken by violence,” reads the memorial’s Facebook page. “We will gather to honor them, their families and our community. Flowers that you bring will be placed into the river at 1 p.m., so come a little bit early to participate. Can you be there to place a bouquet or a wreath? The entire community is invited. We will send these three souls on to their next journey with our love. Bring your healing hearts.”
The event page has been updated to reflect the new time, date and plan.
In the coming weeks, as Ashevilleans mourn the loss of two missing women found this week in the French Broad, two vigils are planned in remembrance of Alexandra King, 22, and Tatianna Diz, 20.
The first of the two known vigils is tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. at the apartment complex where the women lived.
“Let’s gather as a community to shine some light for Alex and Tati,” reads the Facebook event page. “We will gather at 6 p.m. this Sunday evening in their neighborhood to light candles, hold vigil and to provide a community forum. Please bring candles, fire and your healing energy. We will send it out to Alex and Tati.”
The vigil will be held at the Canterbury Heights apartments in Northwest Asheville, on Westbrook Drive, between buildings U and W.
“We as a community — we are all one!” reads the memorial page. Nonresident parking is in the lot across from the complex’s visitor center and office.
The second of two memorials will be held on Sunday, Nov. 22 and will also honor the life of Uhon Trumanna Johnson, 31, who was shot and killed at his home in a possibly related incident the same evening.
“We would like to invite you to attend a silent memorial event dedicated to our lost girls,” reads the invitation sent by Nicky White. “We will be launching 50 floating lanterns into the sky at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, at the Craven Street bridge. Please come. Bring a candle. Be a part of honoring these girls, their families and our strength as a community. We will come together in the face of this violent tragedy. We will send our flames to the heavens for them.”
For more on this event, click here.