Schoolmate plans walk to remember Bach

2011-09-26T17:00:00Z 2012-02-16T20:05:09Z Schoolmate plans walk to remember BachBy Joyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | Carolyn Rodriguez remembers Amanda Bach as someone who loved parades.

Rodriguez will hold a parade to remember her schoolmate Tuesday night. Bach, 19, was shot and killed earlier this month.

Dustin McCowan, 18, of Union Township, has been arrested and charged with murder in her death.

"What better way to remember Amanda than have a parade? Amanda was just an amazing person for anybody. One thing Amanda loved was parades and a celebration," said Rodriguez, of Chesterton, adding the two classmates also participated in Relay for Life events together.

Rodriguez received permission from the Board of Works on Monday to hold the Walk for Amanda. The permission was granted after some compromise. Participants are asked to gather at the Kmart parking lot on U.S. 6 and Willowcreek Road at 7 p.m.

Rodriguez wanted the 300 or more participants to walk on Willowcreek Road from approximately U.S. 6 to Gilbert Park, where a vigil will be held. Mayor Olga Velazquez said she had some concerns about closing down Willowcreek Road for a length of time and suggested the walk be held on the sidewalk instead.

Rodriquez agreed. She also said several fire departments have agreed to volunteer their time to escort the walkers from the retailer to the park.

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