Tears welled in Kristin Kinkel's eyes as she looked over a crowd of more than 1,200 people who packed a high school gymnasium for a memorial honoring her slain parents.
William and Faith Kinkel, two popular teachers, were shot to death in their home. Their 15-year-old son, Kipland Kinkel, is accused of killing them May 20, the night before he allegedly shot and killed two classmates and injured 22 others at Thurston High School.He is charged as an adult with four counts of aggravated murder.
The Kinkels' 21-year-old daughter held her hand to her heart as she spoke to the crowd.
"I want to thank all of you for joining us tonight in the celebration of life of my mom and dad," she said. "I use the term celebration of life because I believe that is what they would have wanted."
During the ceremony, two brief videos were shown of the Kinkel family in happier times: as they went skiing, swimming or scuba-diving.
Students, former students, fellow teachers and friends took turns stepping up to two microphones set up in the gym, recalling the couple as enthusiastic family-oriented people who loved sports.
"I studied life with Bill Kinkel, and I learned Spanish along the way as well," a former student said.
Another recalled that Faith Kinkel "gave so much of herself to her students and never asked anything in return except to learn."