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Vigil takes place for sisters shot in Foothills

Posted at 10:21 PM, Dec 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-31 00:21:40-05

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -- A candlelight vigil took place Wednesday night to honor the two girls shot in the Foothills last week.

Deputies say MacKenzie and Haylee Parker where shot by their father Levi, before he turned the gun on himself on December 23rd.

Around 70 people attended the vigil, held at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. The Parker girls spent years in after school programs at the JCC.

Just days before the shooting, they went on a field trip to Old Tucson, spending the night at the camp.

Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos was in attendance of the vigil, among other deputies.  When the news broke last week, Nanos was choked up addressing the media.

Ventana Vista Elementary School teachers shared memories of the girls at the vigil.

Grief counselors were on hand on Tuesday. They will also return when school is back in session next week. Nine On Your Side sat down with experts on how you can help your child deal with grief.

A GoFundMe page was set up for the family of the girls. So far more than $22,000 has been donated, doubling the initial goal of $10,000.