Alisa Belcourt was remembered Friday for her commitment to her faith,
family and friends.
An estimated 600 people, many of whom were classmates and
teammates of Alisa’s at John Burroughs High School, attended a solemn
memorial service at St. Charles Catholic Church for the 15-year-old
Flanked by enlarged photos of the girl and more than a dozen
floral arrangements, Father Robert Gallagher thanked those in
attendance for their “wonderful outpouring of love and support,” and
acknowledged that their sorrow would “take an awful lot of time to
“This is a young woman who was loved by God,” Gallagher told the
gathering. “We pray that she is at rest and peace.”
Alisa, an honor student who played junior varsity volleyball at
Burroughs, disappeared into a river near Leavenworth, Wash., on Aug.
13 after falling from an inflatable raft during a family outing. Her
body was recovered nine days later.
“This is not a day for us to get answers for what happened,”
Gallagher said. “There are simply some things the world we live in
cannot give us the answers to.”
Alisa’s stepfather, Chris Courtney, delivered an emotional eulogy.
“This is the time for you to drive your own car ... to prepare for
college ... to fall in love ... to worry your parents,” Courtney
said, tears in his eyes. “Alisa, you can’t be gone, because we have
so much to do.”
Courtney was followed to the pulpit by Alisa’s father, David
Belcourt, a resident of Redmond, Wash., where Alisa was born and
where she was visiting at the time of the accident. He was
accompanied by Alisa’s sisters, Kelli, 12, and Holly, 8.
“I knew Alisa had a lot of friends, but this is overwhelming,”
Belcourt said. “There’s a lot of love in this room.”
Belcourt broke down while reading a poem and was embraced his
“She took pride in being your big sister,” he told them.
Belcourt then asked those in attendance to stand and applaud his
Another memorial service for Alisa was held earlier this week in