WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WWLP) - The Wilbraham community continued their support, Friday night, for the family of Amy Lord as they start to say goodbye.
Amy was kidnapped and then brutally murdered in Boston on Tuesday. 22News went to Wilbraham where emotions are on public display.
The community of Wilbraham is wearing its heart on its sleeve for 24-year-old Amy Lord, the girl who always smiled.
From the town where she lived, to the school where she learned, to the neighborhood where she grew up; on trees, light posts, a mail box and right to a doorstep, white ribbons lined the streets of Amy Lord's neighborhood.
The white ribbons are a symbol from family, friends, neighbors and strangers of strength and togetherness.
Heather Manseau, who lives in Amy's neighborhood, told 22News, "Our hearts go out to them. I'm a mother and I can't imagine anything like that happening. We just want to support the family and show respect."
In the town's center, a window in a barbershop reads, "Say a prayer for the Lord Family." Barber Greg Lockhart say's he usually changes the message daily, but this one he's leaving up all week.
"People will say a prayer for the family and this awful awful thing that happened. I just feel so bad, and all of us do," said Lockhart.
Alison Stone lives a few streets down from Amy's family. She also works with Amy's mother. She told 22News it's a tragedy that's affected everyone.
"We want the Lord's to know that were here for them, were thinking of them. We think it's a terrible thing that happened to their daughter. And when they go through the neighborhood we want them to know that they have our support," said Stone.
Through ribbons, a benefit dinner, and a candlelight vigil, Amy's hometown is choosing to remember her beautiful life, instead of her tragic death.
A final farewell to Amy begins Monday from 3:00PM - 7:00PM at Sampson's Chapel of the Acres Funeral Home with a funeral mass to take place on Tuesday.
If you'd like to make a memorial donation in Amy's name, send it to either of the following:
- "The Christopher James Burnham Memorial Fund", P.O. Box 13 Wilbraham, Mass. 01095.
- "The Friends of Mike Farrell", P.O. Box 963 Wilbraham, Mass. 01095.