Sunday: Memorial service for David Lewis

Slain East Palo Alto community leader will also be honored at the city's Juneteenth celebration this weekend

A memorial service for slain East Palo Alto community leader David Lewis is scheduled for Sunday (June 20) at 2 p.m. at Costano Elementary School, 2695 Fordham St. in East Palo Alto. The service will be followed by a dinner and remembrance at 5 p.m. at the offices of the nonprofit Free at Last, 1796 Bay Road.

Lewis was a towering figure in the East Palo Alto community. He co-founded Free at Last, a nonprofit organization dedicated to treating substance abuse and its underlying causes and was the chief architect in the East Palo Alto Parole Reentry Program, a pilot program that helps reintegrate released felons back into mainstream society.

He was gunned down in a parking area at Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo June 9 following an argument with an as-yet unknown assailant. Police are still investigating the killing and are working hard on leads, according to Sgt. Dave Norris, spokesman for San Mateo police.

For information about the memorial service, call the office of Free At Last, 650-462-6999.

This year's East Palo Alto Juneteenth celebration, which celebrates the emancipation of slaves in Texas -- more than two years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation -- will be dedicated to Lewis. Juneteenth takes place Saturday (June 19) starting at 10 a.m. at Bell Street Park in East Palo Alto.

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Posted by Liz Wilson
a resident of another community
on Jun 18, 2010 at 6:55 pm

David's good works stretched across the nation. He will be surely missed but we will carry on as best we can.

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