Candlelight Vigil planned Friday, July 19 for Jacques Gordon

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Photo of Jacques R. Gordon from his Facebook page.

A Candlelight Vigil is being planned for next Friday, July 19 for Jacques R. Gordon, 21, a young Burien man who was killed in a car crash with his Mother Renee M. Parent, 54, in Oregon on Wednesday (read our previous coverage here).

Organizer Lucas M. Green is seeking participants to bring candles, stories, photos or memories of Jacques that they’d like to share with others at the event, which is set to begin at 9:30 p.m.

“Ideally I would like to set up a little memorial as well so flowers and letters are strongly encouraged,” Lucas told The B-Town Blog. “Jacques touched so many lives and I believe The B-Town Blog has the mass audience that would allow the word of this memorial to spread. I would be honored if you would be willing to let people know that the event will be taking place and encourage all who knew him to attend. Thank you very much for your time and sympathies.”

To contact Lucas, find him on Facebook here.

Speaking of Facebook, Gordon’s page is quickly filling up with tributes and memories, some of which we’ve excerpted below:

Sovana Nati:
You were the nicest person of our class, RIP.

Joshua James Kurth:
I’m shocked right now I can’t believe that someone I grew up with and lived next to for years is gone. Jacques you were a great person and a great friend, I’ll miss you buddy! R.I.P.

Rex Post:
The posts here are a heartbreaking, yet inspiring tribute to the man that Jacques Gordon was. He always said hi to me whenever he came back to Highline. He always laughed at my cheesy jokes and goofy test questions. He always had a smile on his face. He gave so much more than he ever took. RIP Brother.

Gabby Yundt:
You never quit being an amazing friend to everyone you met. Glad for the time I had with you. RIP Jacques Gordon , I guess God had bigger plans for you.

Stuart Codd:
Man, it is heartbreaking to lose a good friend. I saw you the other day Jacques, and you looked like you were so full of energy. You were an inspiration to me because you always had fun and always in a laughing attitude, I’m gonna miss that soo much. I’m going to miss seeing your face all the time. I’m grateful for the times I’ve seen you at the football games at Highline and how you’d give me a ride home and we’d talk about whatever. I hope all is well up there and that Heaven has a Young Life of its own that you can lead. R.I.P. I love you and you will be sorely missed.

Kelly Best Montoya:
Jaques, your love and positive attitude were infectious! I will think twice the next time I want to be negative and let your life and passion be a reminder to me to choose light! You were the hands and feet and heart of Jesus at all times and heavens gain is for sure our loss! Much love to your family and our GHT family at this time.

A location for the memorial has yet to be set, but check back often for updates.

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2 Responses to “Candlelight Vigil planned Friday, July 19 for Jacques Gordon”
  1. Jeff Rhubottom, Jr. says:

    Hello all,

    According to the Facebook page, the memorial is being held at Highline Senior High School. The address is as follows:

    225 S 152nd St
    Burien, WA 98148-1005

    I look forward to remembering Jacques and all the lives he had a significant impact in.

    Thank you, Lucas, for organizing the event. Please let me know if you could use any help at all.

  2. Jeff Rhubottom, Jr. says:


    The candlelight vigil will now be held at 9:00 PM, and will be at Lake Burien School Memorial Park. The address is 14640 18th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166.

    Thank you,

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