Durham School of Arts students help organize memorial for gas explosion victim

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Students at the Durham School of the Arts are back in class but many of them are still shaken up following the deadly gas explosion across the street from their school. 

Kaffinate, located at 115 N. Duke Street, was the site of the explosion on April 10 and is located on the block just south of the school. 

The owner of the coffee shop, Kong Lee, meant so much to so many students. 

On Wednesday afternoon students are planning to hold a vigil for Lee on the front lawn of the Carr building.

The Fall Art Festival is organizing the memorial.

They are encouraging all students to wear white to school to commemorate all Lee has done for Durham. The Fall Art Festival will be providing ribbons for students to tie on the memorial.

“It’s kind of like we’re a part of a family there and it just felt right especially with us being Durham School of the Arts were so close, we go there all the time,” said DSA senior, Eileena Boyce. “In a way, I feel like out of respect and it felt like somewhat of a responsibility to show that we care and that we love them and the community of Durham.”

This memorial has been pushed back a few times because students were having trouble organizing it, that’s why the Fall Arts Festival took over.

This will take place over two lunch periods for students Wednesday afternoon.

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