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Alarid memorial draws crowd of hundreds

Posted: January 19, 2013 3:40 p.m.
Updated: January 19, 2013 3:40 p.m.

A group of Sarah Alarid's friends gather on stage in front of Sarah's casket to sing one of her favorite songs at the memorial service held for her at Real Life Church in Valencia on Saturday.

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Hundreds of people cried, laughed and did a bit of both at the same time during Saturday morning’s memorial service celebrating the life of Sarah Alarid, whose body was found Jan. 9 after an extensive search.

The service was held at Real Life Church in Valencia and drew a crowd of around 300. Many wore red, as that was Sarah Alarid’s favorite color.

Tables set up outside the service displayed some of Alarid’s favorite things: Band T-shirts, books, and bottles of ketchup and ranch dressing.

Alarid went missing Jan. 1 after leaving a New Year’s Party. Her body was found near her car at the bottom of a ravine off Sand Canyon Road after a week-long search that drew widespread community involvement and support.

The Los Angeles County coroner later ruled her death to be accidental.

Mike Alarid, Sarah’s father, said he was grateful to everyone for helping the family through this difficult time.

Mike Alarid said he hopes this tragedy inspires people to take care of each other.

“This is something we can learn from, I hope,” Mike Alarid said. “Just watch out for each other. Please.”

Other members of the Alarid family remembered Sarah as outgoing and vibrant.

Kayla Alarid, one of Sarah’s older sisters, fought back tears as she described memories of growing up with Sarah, building forts out of bed sheets and participating in pretend fashion shows.

“I’ll cherish those moments forever,” Kayla Alarid said.

Chelsie Alarid, another one of Sarah’s sisters, said Sarah was known as the family’s “little baby cherub” due to her blond, curly hair when she was young.

Members of the Alarid family also talked about Sarah’s loyalty to her friends, several of whom read poems they had written to honor her memory.

About 16 of Sarah’s friends gathered on stage to sing one of her favorite songs, “New Mexico,” by Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains.

“I’ll be waiting in this parking lot,” they sang. “And in my dreams, I am dirty broke, beautiful and free.”
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