Burlington Tries To Heal

From The Skagit Valley Herald, with their finger on the heartbeat of Burlington:

As police sought search warrants Sunday and prosecutors prepared to formally charge a suspect with killing five people at Cascade Mall on Friday, community members comforted each other and made plans of their own for how to move forward.

Several public gatherings were held Saturday, giving residents a chance to grieve together, and on Sunday, Christ the King Church in Burlington held special services that included visitors from throughout Skagit County.

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BURLINGTON, WA - SEPTEMBER 24:  A sign displaying community strength hangs on door near community gathering at Maiben Park on September 24, 2016 in Burlington, Washington. Five people were killed last night when a gunman opened fire in the Cascade Mall. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

BURLINGTON, WA – SEPTEMBER 24: A sign displaying community strength hangs on door near community gathering at Maiben Park on September 24, 2016 in Burlington, Washington. Five people were killed last night when a gunman opened fire in the Cascade Mall. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

BURLINGTON, WA - SEPTEMBER 24:  People offering each other support at Maiben Park during an impromptu community gathering on September 24, 2016 in Burlington, Washington.  Five people were killed last night when a gunman opened fire in the Cascade Mall. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

BURLINGTON, WA – SEPTEMBER 24: People offering each other support at Maiben Park during an impromptu community gathering on September 24, 2016 in Burlington, Washington. Five people were killed last night when a gunman opened fire in the Cascade Mall. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

BURLINGTON, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Flowers were placed in front of an entrance to the Cascade Mall on September 24, 2016 in Burlington, Washington. Five people were killed last night when a gunman opened fire in the shopping mall. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

BURLINGTON, WA – SEPTEMBER 24: Flowers were placed in front of an entrance to the Cascade Mall on September 24, 2016 in Burlington, Washington. Five people were killed last night when a gunman opened fire in the shopping mall. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: (L-R) Selena Orozco,15, and Rachel March, 15, attend a vigil at the Central United Methodist Church on September 24, 2016 in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. The vigil was held for the five victims killed in the Cascade Mall shooting yesterday in Burlington, Washington. Orozco and March's friend was one of the victims. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, WA – SEPTEMBER 24: (L-R) Selena Orozco,15, and Rachel March, 15, attend a vigil at the Central United Methodist Church on September 24, 2016 in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. The vigil was held for the five victims killed in the Cascade Mall shooting yesterday in Burlington, Washington. Orozco and March’s friend was one of the victims. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Nick Torset from Sedro-Woolley, Washington prays during a vigil held at the Central United Methodist Church on September 24, 2016 in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. The vigil was held for the five victims killed in the Cascade Mall shooting yesterday in Burlington, Washington.  (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, WA – SEPTEMBER 24: Nick Torset from Sedro-Woolley, Washington prays during a vigil held at the Central United Methodist Church on September 24, 2016 in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. The vigil was held for the five victims killed in the Cascade Mall shooting yesterday in Burlington, Washington. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

BURLINGTON, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: From left to right: Ariel Pantoja, 19, Makayla Bentley, 18, and  Bayley Morrow, 18, light candles in a makeshift memorial outside the Cascade Mall on September 24, 2016 in Burlington, Washington. Around 20 people gathered to honor the five victims who were killed in a shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington yesterday. It has been reported that the gunman has been taken into custody. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

BURLINGTON, WA – SEPTEMBER 24: From left to right: Ariel Pantoja, 19, Makayla Bentley, 18, and Bayley Morrow, 18, light candles in a makeshift memorial outside the Cascade Mall on September 24, 2016 in Burlington, Washington. Around 20 people gathered to honor the five victims who were killed in a shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington yesterday. It has been reported that the gunman has been taken into custody. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

BURLINGTON, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: A crowd gathers around a makeshift memorial outside the Cascade Mall on September 24, 2016 in Burlington, Washington. Around 20 people gathered to honor the five victims who were killed in a shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington yesterday. It has been reported that the gunman has been taken into custody. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

BURLINGTON, WA – SEPTEMBER 24: A crowd gathers around a makeshift memorial outside the Cascade Mall on September 24, 2016 in Burlington, Washington. Around 20 people gathered to honor the five victims who were killed in a shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington yesterday. It has been reported that the gunman has been taken into custody. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

BURLINGTON, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Lt. Mike Hawley (L), the arresting officer from the Island County Sheriff's Office, Governor Jay Inslee (2nd-L) of Washington and Mayor Steve Sexton (R) of Burlington listen as Washington state Patrol officer Keith Leary speaks at a press conference on September 24, 2016 in Burlington, Washington. Officials announced the gunman was caught in Oak Harbor, Washington and is in custody. Last night five people were shot and killed in the Cascade Mall. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

BURLINGTON, WA – SEPTEMBER 24: Lt. Mike Hawley (L), the arresting officer from the Island County Sheriff’s Office, Governor Jay Inslee (2nd-L) of Washington and Mayor Steve Sexton (R) of Burlington listen as Washington state Patrol officer Keith Leary speaks at a press conference on September 24, 2016 in Burlington, Washington. Officials announced the gunman was caught in Oak Harbor, Washington and is in custody. Last night five people were shot and killed in the Cascade Mall. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

BURLINGTON, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Lt. Mike Hawley, the arresting officer from the Island County Sheriff's Office, looks on as Washington state Governor Jay Inslee (CL) shakes hands with Steve Sexton, Mayor of Burlington, at a press conference on September 24, 2016 in Burlington, Washington. Officials announced the gunman was caught in Oak Harbor, Washington and is in custody. Last night five people were shot and killed in the Cascade Mall. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

BURLINGTON, WA – SEPTEMBER 24: Lt. Mike Hawley, the arresting officer from the Island County Sheriff’s Office, looks on as Washington state Governor Jay Inslee (CL) shakes hands with Steve Sexton, Mayor of Burlington, at a press conference on September 24, 2016 in Burlington, Washington. Officials announced the gunman was caught in Oak Harbor, Washington and is in custody. Last night five people were shot and killed in the Cascade Mall. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

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