Blaine Whitworth, a well-known, kind-hearted man was murdered in front of his home. More on that story can be found by clicking on the following links.
This tragic event was met with a huge response from both the UCM community as well as the Warrensburg community. A candlelight vigil in remembrance of Blaine was planned. The event was to be held on Wednesday September 5th in the street in front of Molly’s. A Facebook event page was started and soon the invites were spread throughout the UCM population as well as throughout communities outside of UCM. A total of 1,888 people had been invited to this event and a total of 1,289 people responded to the invite saying that they would attend.
By early evening, around 6pm, Warrensburg police officers began to close off a portion of Holden Street in preparation for the ceremony. Cars were cleared from the street and the staff of Molly’s began to set up. At around 7pm visitors began to slowly trickle into the empty street. By 7:30pm there was around 150 people there already. Many of these people stopped in front of Molly’s to pay their respects to the victim and to place flowers at the base of a photo collage that was on display.
At 9pm the ceremony officially began. By this time there was well over a thousand people gathered in the street. There were speeches from members of Blaine’s family and his friends. These speeches told of who Blaine was. They told of his accomplishments in his life. Many laughs and tears were shared throughout the crowd.
As Blaine’s mother finished up her speech, the main event began. At the close of her speech she picked up her candle and began lighting the first of many candles.
From here the flame was passed from candle to candle .
Within just minutes, the flame from the first candle had been passed from person to person and spread throughout the entire crowd. The sight of over a thousand candles held in the street was beautiful.
Below is a beautiful video by IZZO Productions. Please be sure to check it out.