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WEEK IN PHOTOS: A balloon memorial, Special Olympian sets personal record

Sunday, June 1, 2014 | 7:32 p.m. CDT; updated 6:50 a.m. CDT, Monday, June 2, 2014

COLUMBIA – This week Missourian photographers captured images of a search team, a balloon memorial, a weightlifting victory and a Kiss cover band.

In this photo by Matt McCormack, Rocheport Fire Department Capt. Ralph Lee, center, pulls drag hooks out of the water Thursday evening while searching the Perche Creek inlet on the Missouri River with Capt. Monty Conroe, left, and firefighter Derek Mier. Crews were searching for 17-year-old swimmer Eric Alvarado, who went missing upstream from Cooper's Landing. Searchers found Alvarado's body on Friday morning.

In this photo by T.J. Thomson, a woman participates in a memorial for Jose "Eric" Alvarado. Alvarado drowned while swimming near Coopers Landing on Thursday. Family and friends penned tributes to Alvarado on balloons Friday night at Cosmopolitan Park's Nickell Shelter. The balloons were released into the night sky following a candlelight vigil. 

Rose Quain celebrates after her final round of dead lifting at the 2014 Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games at Hickman High School on Saturday in this photo by Shannon Elliott. Quain achieved a personal best lift of 125 pounds. 

In this photo by Jenny Justus, Bobby Starr, left, as "The Starchild" and Aaron Neal as "The Spaceman," members of the Kiss cover band Almost Kiss, performed Friday during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games at Hickman High School. 

Elaine Gibbs, a lieutenant at the Boone County Fire Protection District Station 12 and a college student, vacuums the station on May 7 in this photo by Sarah Rothberg. Gibbs is one of several volunteer firefighters that is also a college student. She is able to live in a fire station and gain experience while still having time for school. . 

In this photo by Kylee Gregg, The Golden Knights Parachute Team descend from a plane to kick off the 26th annual Salute to Veterans Parade on Monday. The parade took place on Broadway in downtown Columbia. 


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