Memorial on Saturday will honor Sheffield family, plane crash victim

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SHEFFIELD — A memorial for the victims of an apparent murder-suicide and the Sheffield woman who died in an Ethiopian plane crash last weekend will be held Saturday evening, followed by a Community Potluck Meal for Healing.

Organized by Christ Trinity Church, the interfaith time of remembrance and prayer will begin at 5 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 125 Main St., and will be led by the Revs. Erik Karas and Jill Graham.

The community potluck will start around 5:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

"We particularly welcome family, friends, first responders, classmates, teachers and school staff," Karas said in an email. "We know that healing happens best in community rather than in isolation."

People being remembered Saturday include Samya Stumo, 24, who died along with 156 people in the Ethiopian Airlines crash March 10, and the five members of the Karpinksi-Wilbur family who were found dead in their Home Road house during a fire Wednesday.

Peter Naranjo, of Our Lady of the Valley Parish, will ask for prayers over the weekend and offer a Mass for the repose of the Karpinski-Wilbur family at 9 a.m. March 31. On Friday, people intend to meet at the parish at 99 Maple Ave. around 7 p.m. to pray for the souls of the deceased and all those affected by recent violence.

Kristin Palpini can be reached at kpalpini@berkshireeagle.com, @kristinpalpini, 413-629-4621.


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