A trust fund has been established to help cover burial and related costs of a 13-year-old Santa Rosa boy who was fatally shot by a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy last month.
Contributions to the Andy Lopez Memorial Fund can be made at any Exchange Bank branch, or by mail, bank personnel said.
Proceeds are to cover costs incurred by Lopez's family in the wake of an Oct. 22 encounter on Moorland Avenue, in which a deputy who reportedly mistook the teen's BB gun for an assault rifle shot and killed him.
Santa Rosa police, who are investigating the shooting, said Lopez's back was turned when he was ordered to put the weapon down. In the seconds before he was killed, police say, the teen instead began to turn toward the deputy, causing the BB gun barrel to rise and prompting the deputy to fire his sidearm.
Lopez's death has caused community-wide grief, anger and protests.
Anyone interested in contributing to the Andy Lopez Memorial Fund can do so at any Exchange Bank branch, or via mail to the Stony Point Branch where the fund was set up. That address is Exchange Bank, 499 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Checks may be made payable to Andy Lopez Memorial Fund.
Memorial Day in Sonoma Valley
The 57th Sonoma Valley Joint Memorial Day Observance starts at 11 a.m. Monday, May 25, at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park, 126 First St. W.
Uniformed veterans can muster at 10:30 a.m. for the Grand March that begins the event.
Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, a Vietnam veteran, will be the keynote speaker. Marine Corps Reserve Col. William E. Peacock (Ret.) will serve as master of ceremonies. The Rev. Peadar A. Dalton will give the invocation and benediction.
Speakers include Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Anthony Hamill, Robert Arnold and Sonoma Mayor David Cook.
The Sonoma Hometown Band will perform patriotic music for the service, which typically draws more than 1,000 people.
The observance concludes with an aerial flyover by the Sonoma Sky Park Aviators honoring the memory of military aviators, including late Sonoma resident Gen. Henry H. “Hap” Arnold, regarded as the father of the U.S. Air Force.
The Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley provides a free All-American Picnic at the adjacent Veterans Memorial Building following the service; donations are requested to help maintain the veterans’ park and cemetery.
The observance is a joint effort of all veterans’ organizations in Sonoma Valley. Planning committee members include Bob Leonard, chairman, and Gary Magnani, Dr. Timothy Norman, Bryan Aubin, Ruth (Parks) Chambers, Terry Leen, Brian Kucharski, Dan Parker, Leighton Parks, Susan Scarbrough, Lt. Col. Don Stevens, USAF (Ret.), Fred Unsworth and Stephanie Wadell.