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11 years after nightclub fire, community reflects

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It's been 11 years since the fire tragedy happened that ultimately claimed 100 lives.  (Source: WPRI/CNN) It's been 11 years since the fire tragedy happened that ultimately claimed 100 lives. (Source: WPRI/CNN)

WARWICK, RI (WPRI/CNN) - A memorial service was held Sunday to honor those killed in 2003 when fire destroyed a nightclub.

Survivors, family and friends want the victims to be remembered.

Warwick City Council chambers was packed as friends and family came to remember the victims of the station nightclub fire. Joe Silva began the memorial service with a song he wrote less than 24 hours after the tragedy happened.

"It was the initial shock and almost a prayer of sorts, asking God why are there 97 angels showing up at your door all at once," Silva said.

He sings his song for all 100 victims who passed away as a result of the fire. Although it's been 11 years, victims' family members say they're finally looking forward to the construction of the permanent memorial off Cowesett Avenue.

"It will be nice to have a beautiful, beautiful place to come and visit with my son and his friends," said Sarah Mancini, the mother of a victim.

The Station Fire Memorial Foundation just hired someone to raise funds to help reach the $2 million goal to build the project.

"The tragedy happened but it's time to be positive and see this in a different light," said Gina Russo, president of the Station Fire Memorial Foundation.

A memorial will continue the healing process but also allow friends and family to reflect on lost loved ones.

"We don't want these kids to ever be forgotten," Mancini said.

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