Family members, friends and neighbors marched from Lincoln Street in East Palo Alto to Glen Way in a candlelight vigil to commemorate the memory of Edmund Beverly. Beverly was the 30-year old man who was shot on Sunday, June 24, while he walked his dog in the 2300 block of Glen Way.
The candlelight vigil, which was held on June 29, was also held to make the community aware of Beverly’s killing and to bring awareness to the violent murders in East Palo Alto.
During the vigil, Beverly’s friends and family members prayed for strength and justice finding his killer. They also shared words of wisdom and even remembered the special moments they had had with him. Many who attended the vigil continually asked, “ Why him?” The said, “He wasn’t doing anything. He was å hard working man. “
“When a loved one is killed, a family is devastated,” said Margaret Petros, the executive director of Mothers Against Murder. Petros’ organization supported the Beverly family by helping them find a funeral home, organizing the candlelight vigil and directing them to various resources that could be of assistance.
When asked what she thinks about the recent murders in East Palo Alto, Petros responded that it’s a difficult time in the community, when the number of murders have been escalating in the city and families are having a difficult time dealing with the death of their loved ones.
“People are not outraged enough,” she said. “It’s a human being and no one is talking. People don’t know what to do. They ask themselves whether it is appropriate or not to get involve because they don’t know each other.”
Another person who commented on the lack of involvement was Rev. Paul Bains, the pastor at St. Samuels Church of God in Christ in East Palo Alto. “I’m outraged and its time to do something. The community needs to get involved. I don’t care if you are Latino, Pacific Islander or black we are all humans.”
When asked how can a community help, he said, “Parents need to work with their kids. Men need to man up and take care of their children. It’s about safety. It’s about our community and the life of an individual.”
Even through the outrage that was expressed over Beverly’s death, Beverly’s mother, Maria Beverly, said that she prays for the person who killed her son.
The East Palo Alto Police Department is actively investigating Beverly’s homicide and is appealing to the public for information.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police department by phone at 650-321-1112, by cell phone text or voicemail at 650-409-6792 and via the Internet at http://www.ci.east-palo-alto.ca.us/police/tipnow.html
Those wishing to make a donation to the family can make their donations directly to the Edmund Beverly Memorial Fund at the San Mateo Credit Union, which is locted at: 1735 E. Bayshore Road in East Palo Alto, 94303. Donors can mail a check, donate at the bank or person or call the bank at 1(888)363-1725.
For more information about making a donation, go to the Mothers Against Murder website at www.mothersagainstmurder.com.
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