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Colorado Mudslide Memorial Honors Three Victims of Natural Disaster

By    |   Tuesday, 03 Jun 2014 02:00 PM

A memorial service for three Colorado men who died in a May 25 mudslide saw over 1,000 attendants Sunday, with cars backed up for more than seven miles down the local highway.

The service at Plateau Valley High School began with a moment of silence at 5:44 p.m., exactly one week after Clarence Allen "Clancy" Nichols, 51; Melvin Wesley Hawkins, 46; and Daniel Allen Nichols, 24, were buried in a slide local officials described as happening so quickly there was no chance of escape.

"This tragedy has shocked all of us and shaken our beings," Evonne Stites, a cousin of all of the victims, said to the gathered crowd, The Denver Post reported.

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"He cared about the people here, and would do what it took to take care of you all. He left that day with only one thought in mind, to take care of his community," said the wife of one of the deceased, Kayla Hawkins, according to The Associated Press.

The speakers made sure to thank all of the rescuers who responded to the slide, many of whom were in attendance. The service also included a eulogy for each of the three men.

Known as Wes, Clancy, and Danny, the three were checking on a blocked irrigation ditch caused by an earlier mudslide when they were caught by a subsequent slide presumed to have taken their lives.

The slide was as unprecedented as it was prodigious, overtaking nearly four miles of the below the northern face of Colorado's Grand Mesa. Drones, helicopters, and airplanes have all surveyed the slide, and Governor John Hickenlooper signed an executive order Friday declaring it a disaster area, and earmarked $500,000 from the state's Disaster Emergency Fund for relief and study of the area.

A private fund has also been set up for the families of the victims through the Grand Valley Bank, and those who wish to donate are encouraged to contact the bank.



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