Musicians, artists honor Oakland fire victims

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People gathered to honor victims of the Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fire, both at the scene and at a different artists' colony across town. (KGO-TV)

People gathered to honor victims of the Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fire , both at the scene and at a different artists' colony across town.

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Those ABC7 News spoke with admit a little bit of art helps with the healing.

"I was nervous about coming. Not because of the piping, but the thought of seeing that sight for the first time, it's just horrifying," Billie Narver said.

One week after the tragedy, people are honoring the warehouse fire victims. "Artists understand what other artists lives are like, therefore by the grace of God go I and it was such a tragic event, I can't let my head go there," Oakland artist Ann Marie Hodrick said.

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A close knit community of artists came together through their artwork at the Crucible art gallery in Oakland. "This is our last sale of the season at the Crucible, so we are giving 10 percent of our profits to the Oakland fire memorial victim relief fund," Jewelry artist Laura Shields said.

Shields' business makes jewelry from old book covers. "All of our pieces are one of a kind, that's half the fun for me, working with this really unique material," Shields said.

The Piedmont Highlanders pipe and drum band simply played to remember all 36 fire victims who died in their warehouse fire. "My nephew is one of the musicians who lives in one of the warehouses here. He lost two of his housemates in this fire," Narver said.

Narver wanted to honor her nephew's friends.

"He is holding a lot of gatherings at his place to hold people together," Narver said.

Sometimes music says what words can't begin to express.

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