Family, friends and classmates gathered Saturday to remember Molly Conley, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Lake Stevens.
While many people at the Catholic Mass were dressed formally, some of Conley's classmates were wearing their lacrosse uniforms with her initials painted on their arms to honor her.
People at the packed gym at Bishop Blanchet High School dried their tears and suspended their sorrow and anger to remember the girl with a heart molded with gold.
Molly’s father John said his daughter was one of those rare individuals whose spirit effortlessly filled a room.
“She found a way to transcend so many of the barriers that divide people. Her mix of wit, sarcasm, and her vivacious spirit quickly broke down barriers,” he said.
Molly’s older brother Johnny said his sister was "supremely loving.”
“She was utterly selfless. She showed her love every single day," he said.
“Molly’s physical presence will no longer enter the room, we will not feel her embrace, but that spirit she gifted us with is in this room right now, bigger than ever,” Molly’s father said.
“It may be hard to feel right now with the grief so raw but I know that it’s here. That’s our Molly, No. 13, with the yellow cleats."
Make a donation
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions may made in memory of Molly to:
http://marysplaceseattle.org/support-us (online donations)
Molly's Mother's Helper Fund
PO Box 1711
Seattle, WA 98111-1711
VSS (Victim Support Services)
Victim Support Services
PO Box 1949, Everett, WA 98206
US Lacrosse Washington State
Molly Conley Memorial Fund
8213 Overlake Drive West
Medina, WA 98039
Search for killer continues
On June 1, Molly was spending the night at a friend's house to celebrate her 15th birthday. Detectives believe she and a group of friends were walking to the lake when a shooter in a passing vehicle on South Lake Stevens Road opened fire.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Snohomish County Major Crimes Unit at 425 388-3845.