Under clear blue skies on the side of busy South Lake Stevens Road, their mission begins. Safety are cones set down to slow passing drivers. A small army -- Molly Conley's family -- has work to do.
Two painted pieces of wood connected to create a cross -- not just one, but 1,100 of them, darefully crafted by family and close friends. There is one cross for every student at Blanchet, where Molly went to school. The crosses are on a detour to a highway shoulder that to her family is sacred ground.
On June 1, 2013, Molly and five of her friends were celebrating her 15th birthday. They were walking along this stretch of road late at night when they heard a bang. Molly fell to the ground and died moments later. That random act of violence has spawned a very intentional act of kindness by family and friends one year later -- small white crosses that represent her enduring spirit.
Moving forward hasn't been easy for Molly's family. They know life goes on.
But on the eve of what would've been her 16th birthday, a river of remembrance runs through here, 1,100 reasons for everyone to slow down and remember life is short. It's why the family didn't want to use their voices to honor her today. The white crosses say everything: remembering a girl who was true, kind and brave.
The next stop for the crosses will be at Holyrood Cemetery where Molly Conley is buried.
The trial for the man accused of killing her is due to begin next month.