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Jun 15, 2015 12:55 EDT

Justice For David Felix: starts with a dignified burial and bringing together his family of origin and the homeless youth community

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 15, 2015

Justice For David Felix

David Felix was shot to death – unarmed – by two veteran NYPD detectives on April 25, 2015. He was only 24 years old. David was a first-generation immigrant from Haiti, an aspiring fashion student, and loved world history. He was much beloved in the runaway and homeless youth community and by the social and legal service providers that knew him, his New York City family.

His body sat unclaimed in the Office of the Medical Examiner with a bullet wound for two weeks. The first report in a major newspaper demonized David, blaming yet another unarmed Black victim of police killing for their own death.

David’s truth is that he was a loving, vibrant soul. And another Black life lost to our militarized police state, institutional white supremacy, the prison industrial complex, and a country whose political leadership ignores mental health and homelessness.

His family wanted to bury David here in New York City—explaining that they wanted David to be nearest to those who knew him best these past 10 years. On June 4th, at Rosehill Cemetery in New Jersey, David’s family of origin and community gathered to remember a beloved son, brother, and friend, and to mourn yet another stolen Black life.

David’s family is in need of financial support to cover David’s burial costs and help assist his family members from Haiti cover the considerable costs of attending his funeral.

With your support, we can cover:

  • The Funeral Home and burial plot charges in excess of $6,400;
  • The $2,414 in airfare, transportation and living expenses that David’s family incurred in coming to New York City from Haiti to identify David’s body and make arrangements for his funeral; and
  • The anticipated cost of $12,000 for bringing David’s family from Haiti for the June 4th funeral.

Please donate to the fund to cover David’s funeral costs and share with your networks using the link http://bit.ly/DavidFelix and the hashtag #JusticeForDavidFelix – and please follow our partners in justice, includingStreetwise and Safe, Black Lives Matter, Black Millennials, Million Hoodies, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, LGBTQQ activists, and other just immigration organizers. More information on our coordinated campaign to pursue justice for David Felix, his family, his community is available via Million Hoodies.

Streetwise and Safe is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Any contribution will be used solely to cover the costs of David’s burial and his family’s attendance. Any contribution in excess of this amount will be paid out directly to David’s family to support them during this difficult time.

Thank you for helping pursue justice for a beloved son, brother, and friend.

Contact Information:

Streetwise and Safe (SAS)

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