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Teresa Butz memorial photos

Posted in editorial work, news, Washington by bermanphotos on July 25, 2009

Last night I covered the vigil for the victim of a stabbing last week. It was an event that I did not look forward to covering. It is not an easy assignment by any means, for a variety of reasons. People are skeptical of my presence, of why I might want their picture over that of someone else. Mostly though, people would like to be left alone in their grief. I just try and be quiet. Still and quiet, and respectful. Mindful of the hurt these people must be going through. Although I felt conspicuous, I received a few thank you for being here’s, which helped.

Every time I have spoken with someone about Teresa, the victim, their faces light up. They said she was a marvelous human being; a good friend; a great coworker. Genuine, and fun. It is my hope, that through the Seattle PI publishing my photos, the residents of South Park might be brought some relief, some how, somewhere down the line.

South Park is such a complex area and it’s tragic that the only time it is covered by the local press is within crime stories. I hope I might be able to cover it a more positive light some day down the road.

The entrance to the ballfield at South Park Community Center. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

The entrance to the ballfield at South Park Community Center. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Crowd members watch a candle light vigil for the victim of a stabbing early last week at the South Park Community Center in south Seattle Thursday July 23, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Crowd members watch a candle light vigil for the victim of a stabbing early last week at the South Park Community Center in south Seattle Thursday July 23, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Amanda Wright hugs friend Bethanie Stallman at the start of a candle light vigil for the victim of a stabbing early last week at the South Park Community Center in south Seattle Thursday July 23, 2009. Stallman worked with the victim, and called her "sweet, really one of the sweetest people I have ever met. And a hard worker too." Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com
Diana Ramirez, who was first to hear the victim screaming in the streets and respond, is comforted by her father while speaking at a candle light vigil for the victim of a stabbing early last week at the South Park Community Center in south Seattle Thursday July 23, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Diana Ramirez, who was first to hear the victim screaming in the streets and respond, is comforted by her father while speaking at a candle light vigil for the victim of a stabbing early last week at the South Park Community Center in south Seattle Thursday July 23, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Tash Blackburn of Bellingham works to keep her candle'[s flame alive during a candle light vigil for the victim of a stabbing early last week at the South Park Community Center in south Seattle Thursday July 23, 2009. Blackburn worked with the victim and said she was "genuine, inside and out." Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com
Crowd members watch a candle light vigil for the victim of a stabbing early last week at the South Park Community Center in south Seattle Thursday July 23, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Crowd members watch a candle light vigil for the victim of a stabbing early last week at the South Park Community Center in south Seattle Thursday July 23, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Rhonda Benoit sits on the edge of the baseball diamond bleachers outside of the South Park Community Center during a candle light vigil for the victim of a stabbing early last week. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Rhonda Benoit sits on the edge of the baseball diamond bleachers outside of the South Park Community Center during a candle light vigil for the victim of a stabbing early last week. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Norman Gonsalves uses his iPhone in place of a candle during a vigil for the victim of a stabbing early last week at the South Park Community Center in south Seattle Thursday July 23, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Norman Gonsalves uses his iPhone in place of a candle during a vigil for the victim of a stabbing early last week at the South Park Community Center in south Seattle Thursday July 23, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

community, but this community within a community as well.\” Added Dirk, \”this really hits close to home for me.\” Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com”]Angie Dirk, left, and Jennifer Kelley watch a candle light vigil for the victim of a stabbing early last week at the South Park Community Center in south Seattle Thursday July 23, 2009. Kelley played on a softball team with the victim and said "this affects the larger [Seattle] community, but this community within a community as well." Added Dirk, "this really hits close to home for me." Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com
Crowd members hold hands during a candle light vigil for the victim of a stabbing early last week at the South Park Community Center in south Seattle Thursday July 23, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Crowd members hold hands during a candle light vigil for the victim of a stabbing early last week at the South Park Community Center in south Seattle Thursday July 23, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Three girls who are sisters (names withheld at request of parent) work to light candles on top of a metal container following a vigil for the victim of a stabbing early last week at the South Park Community Center in south Seattle Thursday July 23, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Three girls who are sisters (names withheld at request of parent) work to light candles on top of a metal container following a vigil for the victim of a stabbing early last week at the South Park Community Center in south Seattle Thursday July 23, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Marité di Flores, 10, walks away with a bouquet of flowers following a candle light vigil for the victim of a stabbing early last week at the South Park Community Center in south Seattle Thursday July 23, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Marité di Flores, 10, walks away with a bouquet of flowers following a candle light vigil for the victim of a stabbing early last week at the South Park Community Center in south Seattle Thursday July 23, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Thanks for looking!

Daniel

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