• Space Needle will 'beam tribute' during lightsaber vigil honoring Carrie Fisher


    Star Wars fans mourning the loss of actress Carrie Fisher plan to brighten the Seattle Center with a lightsaber vigil.

    Fisher, who played the iconic Princess/General Leia on screen and advocated for mental health off screen in books and humor, died Tuesday. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, died just a day later.

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    The organizer behind the Seattle Center vigil wrote to KIRO 7 News that his home state of Texas held a vigil, and he was inspired to hold a touching tribute as well.

    “I searched online to see if anything similar was happening locally and, when I couldn't find anything, I decided to try and put something together myself,” organizer Mark Edwards said. “I have been amazed at the response so far. It's a real testament to Carrie, to see these people coming together with a shared passion.”

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    Hundreds of people have marked the Facebook event page to indicate that they are interested.

    As part of the vigil, the Space Needle will light up its beam as part of the tribute. 

    "In Seattle, there are hundreds who have responded 'attending' to a Lightsaber Vigil at the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center," read the news release from the Space Needle. "As part of tonight’s widespread Carrie Fisher Lightsaber Vigil, Space Needle will beam a tribute to a galaxy far far way. The Space Needle will light its Legacy Lights between 7-8 p.m." 

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    Edwards is not part of the official Jet City Saber Guild, which is a group dedicated to costumed Star Wars performers. But Jet City promoted the event on its Facebook page.

    “Join fellow Star Wars fans this Friday at Seattle Center in a Lightsaber Vigil in honor of Carrie Fisher: our Princess, our General, our Friend,” the post said.

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    The event on Friday will start with a moment of silence at 7:30 p.m. at Fisher Pavilion.

    Since Fisher's death, fans across the country have gathered in their communities to hold lightsaber vigils. The planned Seattle event on Friday will start with a moment of silence at 7:30 p.m. at Fisher Pavilion.

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