One-year memorial vigil and march for Amilcar Perez-Lopez

Posted on February 29, 2016

On February 26, 2015, Amilcar Perez-Lopez was shot six times to the back by SFPD in the Mission district of San Francisco. On Friday, February 26, a crowd of neighbors, the Danzantes Xitlali and other Bay Area faith leaders, Supervisor David Campos, Mission youth leaders, Labor leaders, leaders from the Mario Woods and Alex Nieto Coalitions, and many others remembered this young immigrant and his family in Guatemala — in poetry, prayer, dance, a candle-lit vigil and march, and a clear demand for justice and an end to police violence. It began with a vigil at the site of Amilcar’s shooting (Folsom Street between 24th and 25th Street), where there were reflections from several faith leaders (including the Rev. Richard Smith of St. John the Evangelist, San Francisco), local activists (including Adriana Camarena — a leader from the Alex Nieto Coalition) and Supervisor Campos. 

Then the crowd marched from the vigil site on Folsom Street, up 24th street, and then on Valencia Street (a quite popular street on a Friday night in the Mission District) to the front of the Mission police station, stopping at a few intersections for the Danzantes Xitlali to offer a prayerful dance. 

At the police station, Amilcar’s lawyer Arnoldo Casillas updated the crowd on the case the Perez-Lopez family has brought against the SFPD. The release of a second autopsy confirms that Amilcar was shot six times in the back by SFPD. 

After the update from Casillas, several activist leaders offered up reflections, poetry readings, and inspiring words. Photos and videos were taken of the crowd for the Perez-Lopez family in Guatemala.

The crowd was led to the courtyard of St. John’s for a last blessing from the Danzantes Xitlali and an invitation to a vegan dinner from Smith. People then congregated inside of St. John’s for a community meal.

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