Thursday, June 03, 2010

A somber note at the food-sharing

The Wednesday evening food-sharing is usually a happy* picnic in the park, with lots of good talk, laughs and -- of course -- great food.

But last night there was a somber note, as word spread that one of the regulars had been killed by a drunk driver.

We all knew him as Stacey, but it turns out his real name was Keith Hess. He was riding his bike when a drunk driver plowed into him from behind and ran him over.

Read the Orlando Sentinel report here.

This morning I sadly added his name to the list of people to be remembered on Homeless Persons' Memorial Day.
* It's been a pleasant, tension-free event since the city has been prohibited from enforcing its ordinance restricting the food-sharings. A federal judge ruled the ordinance violated people's constitutional rights. We're still waiting for a decision from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.


At 9:36 AM, Anonymous Paulette said...

Keith Hess wad my first cousin. His mother has planned a proper funeral and burial for him to be held on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at Little Rock Baptist Church, Forest Mississippi at 11:00 am. My family thanks you for your concern and for caring for him.
Paulette Butler-Mitchell

At 1:14 PM, Blogger Jacqueline Dowd said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Please know that many people in Orlando knew and cared about your cousin.

We spoke of him again at this week's food-sharing, exchanging stories about him.

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At 12:03 AM, Blogger paulettemarks said...

Thank you more than words could express. I shared this information with his mother. She was very grateful. Family members from all over the country attended his funeral and spoke many kind words.

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