Posted: Sep 29, 2012 11:45 PM by Jenise Fernandez
Updated: Sep 29, 2012 11:47 PM
From the beginning, Mickey's family said it was the community that gave them strength and today was a chance for this very community to celebrate the life of a daughter, a sister and friend many came to know as their own.
"She was a constant illumination that changed everyone's lives for the better," said Mickey's friend Josh Coen.
Mixed emotions at Parc International as hundreds gathered to celebrate the life of Mickey Shunick. Those who knew Mickey best shared stories about their friend. Receiving the loudest applause of the day, Mickey's sister Charlie. Charlie fought back tears, overwhelmed by the community support.
"The only reason we got this case resolved is because of the community. I mean there are no words in the english language to describe what people did for us," said Charlie.
Some of Mickey's favorite bands played in the rain, including the band she went to see the night she went missing. The event concluded with a bike ride following the route Mickey took home that night--to the very spot where she was hit. It's there where a new pocket park was built in her honor, with a permanent ghost bike on display, serving as a reminder, of the "Mighty Mick."
"I didn't know Mickey touched this many people. I knew she was a great person but wow," said one of Mickey's students, Meredith Stutes.
"It is a life to be celebrated. She lost the battle but won the war," said Charlie.