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Hundreds celebrate Prince's life in New Haven on Wednesday

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Hundreds celebrated Prince's life in New Haven on Wednesday night. (WFSB) Hundreds celebrated Prince's life in New Haven on Wednesday night. (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Anyone driving in New Haven on Wednesday night and noticed more purple than usual, they weren’t seeing things.

Hundreds of people packed Goffe Park to pay tribute to music icon Prince after his death last week.

“To me there will be no other Prince and that’s why I love him so much,” said Maggie Graham, who is a fan of Prince.

“Prince’s gift from God was awesome. To play all of those instruments. He was just musically inclined,” said Jerrika Smith.

Those young and old couldn’t help but sing and dance one more time to the sounds of Prince, thanks to local radio station 94.3 WYBC.

“We put this together along with the city of New Haven and the Department of Parks and Recreation to make sure that people had an opportunity to mourn his death and to also celebrate his legacy,” said Juan Castillo, of 94.3 WYBC.

Many fans said they still can’t believe Prince died.

“I was heartbroken, really. You hear of death every day but to hear that Prince died? That just tore me apart,” Smith said.

But Wednesday was not about being sad. It was a time to honor Prince’s legacy.

“We have the Rahsaan Langley Project, they’re here performing all of Prince’s music, we also have Lamone whose performing, GG nice whose performing,” Castillo said.

It wasn’t hard to find someone who wasn’t smiling, and while Prince lived in Minnesota, he did have a Connecticut connection.

“About 15 years ago we had a program called ‘Beat the Odds.’ It was a program that gave kids facing obstacles in their lives, college scholarships. He gave us money to send kids to college for four years.” Castillo said.

He did so anonymously.

At the end of the event on Wednesday, people signed a condolence card that will be sent to Prince’s family.

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