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Community gathers for night of hope and healing

Community gathers for night of hope and healing



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Sandra Yi reportingThe kidnapping and murder of a young refugee from Burma has brought much attention to the lives of other refugees who make their home in Utah. Tonight, a community gathered to support those families.

The lives of everyone in the South Parc Apartment complex, where Hser Nay Moo lived, were especially affected by the tragedy. They were all invited to a special event for a night of hope and healing.

Community gathers for night of hope and healing

Cody Anderson attended the event. She said, "It's a terrible thing. We wish it would have never happened. Don't we always wish that tragedies never happened?"

It was a tragedy that brought this community of many cultures together, and tonight they began the healing process with music. Many people in attendance were Hser Nay Moo's neighbors from the South Parc Apartments. Others were Burmese refugees, like the girl's family.

"They're good people, and they're lovely parents, and they love their children so much. They'll be all right, but it'll take time," Anderson said.

Hser Nay Moo's family watched the program, which included music by the International Children's Choir. Her father showed off his 1-month-old son. It was a touching sight for Susan Escalante. "I hope that they realize how much support there is here for them and how many people love and care for them," she said.

Yesterday prosecutors announced formal charges against the man accused in Hser Nay Moo's murder. Esar Met could face the death penalty. He will be in court tomorrow morning.

E-mail: syi@ksl.com

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