The date was March 26, 1990 very early in the morning.
87 people were killed in the now infamous Happyland fire.
|The date today. This is what the fire site now looks like.|
Friday across the street there was a vigil held to mark the 24th Anniversary of the Happyland tragedy.
Public Advocate Letitia James, State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., Councilman Fernando Cabrera, relatives of those killed, firemen, Lieutenant Roy Davis who was the first EMS technician to respond to the fire, and many more people gathered to remember the 87 people who were killed in the Happyland fire by Mr. Julio Gonzalez.
The plaque presented by parents of School District 12 to remember the 87 has each name listed in alphabetical order.
Community Board 6 Chair Wendy Rodriguez speaks about the tragic fire and why this vigil is so important to the community. CB 6 District Manager Ivine Galarza, Public Advocate Letitia James, Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., and Councilman Fernando Cabrera are also in the photo.
Community Board 6 District Manager Ivine Galarza informs everyone that the Happyland killer Mr. Julio Gonzalez will come up for parole next year, and that the community wants to make sure that he stays in jail the rest of his life.