Although they're a grim reminder of the most painful loss the family of 16-year-old Paige Stalker has ever experienced, walking by pink and green ribbons tied outside homes and businesses in the Grosse Pointe Area, Paige's mother says gives them strength.
"It's been a really difficult three weeks so seeing these is very warming. It touches my heart," Jennifer Stalker said.
Paige was shot and killed last month in Detroit. She was sitting in a car with four other teens when a man fired 26 rounds, shooting her in the head.
Paige's sister Avery, Handing out ribbons in Paige's favorite colors Can't help but miss her sister.
"It shouldn't be there. None of this should have happened. It's heartbreaking to see but at the same time, it brings a little warm into my heart, seeing it," Avery said.
Ribbons donated, along with hand-made pins, from nearly a dozen families can be seen up and down, street after street.
"I love it. It's a great tribute to Paige and her memory."
Many of the pinned ribbons can be found in a box here at 153 Ridge Rd. There's a box on the porch that holds the ribbons. There are also envelopes available to leave a donation. Just grab an envelop, put your money in and then drop it through the mail slot. With each ribbon purchased, Paige's mother says the money goes directly to a Make-A-Wish-foundation fund in Paige's name. Jennifer Stalker remembers her daughter spending time tutoring children after school and volunteering at Beaumont Hospital.
"For her love of children, she wanted to become a doctor. That would be the most appropriate place to keep her memory."
Avery Stalker is putting half of the money for larger ribbons towards Paige's favorite charity. The other half goes towards Crime Stoppers to find Paige's killer. That reward at $12,500 on top of a reward of $100,000 dollars through the Detroit Crime Commission. The Stalker Family hopes someone will come forward but still reminded with each ribbon tied, how many people Paige affected and continues to affect even after death.
"This is how many people's lives Paige touched and she was really, truly loved." Jennifer said.
If you would like to purchase pins or help make them, contact Sarah Marchi at SarahMarchi@comcast.net. They've raised $750 with the ribbon pins so far, her goal is $1,000.