• Blanchet students graduate, honor Molly Conley

    By: Alison Grande


    SEATTLE, Wash. - Bishop Blanchet seniors graduated Friday.  On Saturday afternoon, the funeral mass will be held for freshman Molly Conley.

    Conley was murdered last Saturday night, as she walked along a road in Lake Stevens. 

    Her death is devastating to the entire Blanchet community.

    It was a “hard week.  The loss of Molly Conley is a devastating tragedy,”  graduate Sam Akers told KIRO 7 after graduation.

    “Blanchet came together.  We had a great ceremony for her and remembering her," Akers said.

     Conley was mentioned in speeches and in prayer.

    “We said a silent prayer.   We prayed together, cause Blanchet’s one big family,“ said Teressa Caballero who came to see her younger brother graduate.

    Cabellero also graduated from Blanchet, so did her sister.

    Caballero told KIRO, “Father Doug hit the nail on the head with his commencement speech, (he said) ‘a dark cloud hovers over Blanchet this week and your light was bigger than that cloud.’ ”

    Father Gordon Doug is Bishop Blanchet's retired chaplain.

    After a week of loss,  as 212 seniors became graduates Friday night, it was time to smile, to laugh, and to celebrate.

    Wilson Rawlings who graduated said, “tonight, it was a celebration of our hard work and effort.”

     The same gym used for graduation Friday night, will hold the funeral mass for Molly Conley on Saturday afternoon.

    Police are still searching for the gunman.  Investigators say Conley was killed in a drive by shooting in Lake Stevens last Saturday night.

    She was celebrating her 15th birthday with friends when she was shot.  Detectives are reviewing surveillance videos from nearby businesses.

     They are expecting so many people to attend Conley’s funeral, and have already set up a second gym to handle the overflow crowd.

    Conley’s brother and cousin are students at Blanchet.

     The funeral starts Saturday at 1pm at Blanchet High School.

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