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Ed. Note: Ms. Keesha was nominated for ‘Our Crossing Guard is the Best’ back in 2018.

“Dear PoPville,

It is very sad that Ms. Keesha has passed away. I thought I’d pass this along to you.

A message from Garrison ES

Good afternoon Garrison family,

I am sorry to share that our beloved longtime DDOT crossing guard, Ms. Keesha Marshall, passed away early this morning following a battle with cancer. Ms. Keesha was a unique spirit who welcomed every Wildcat to school with unbridled enthusiasm. She loved our school family and children more than words can say, and will be dearly missed. As we learn more about how we can support her family and celebrate her life, we will share that.”

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Thanks to Mark Sussman for sharing info about a memorial for the bicyclist killed on Friday: “Please meet at the corner NW of Mass & NJ Ave at 6pm on THURSDAY for @jimpagels Ghost Bike Memorial #bikedc. Please wear white.”

From Facebook:

“Memorial & Bike Ride for Jim Pagels
Massachussets & New Jersey Ave NW

Please join us to remember Jim Pagels, a passionate urbanist and safe streets advocate, to become DC’s latest victim of traffic violence on April 10. Read More


via GoFundMe

Thanks to all for passing on the GoFundMe for Officer William “Billy” Evans’ children:

“On April 2, 2021, 18 year veteran United States Capitol Police Officer William Evans (Billy) paid the ultimate sacrifice while working his regular post outside the United States Capitol.

Billy was a loyal friend, loving son and brother, and above all, a beloved Dad. Billy’s two young children, Logan and Abigail, were his entire world. Read More


Photo by Rafa Aremu

Ed. Note: Earlier today Mayor Bowser proclaimed today “A Day of Remembrance for Lives Lost to COVID-19” as the District surpassed 1,000 lives lost due to Covid-19.

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser lost her only sister and oldest sibling, Mercia Bowser. The Mayor released the following statement on the passing of her sister:

“My family and I are mourning the loss of my sister, Mercia Bowser, who passed away this morning due to complications related to COVID-19. Mercia was loved immensely and will be missed greatly, as she joins the legion of angels who have gone home too soon due to the pandemic. I ask that you continue to keep those who have been lost or impacted by the pandemic and those who are working so hard to protect us from it in your thoughts and prayers, and I respectfully request that my family and I are granted the time and space we need to mourn the loss of Mercia. Read More

“Dear PoPville,

The chef-owner of Pesce in Dupont Circle, Andrew La Porta, suddenly passed away on Friday, Feb 5th. He is survived by his wife and two small children. It seems they’re closing the restaurant according to a report. A GoFundMe page has been set up to support the family. I wonder if you can post something to let the community know and support his family? Thank you very much.”


via GoFundMe

From the GoFundMe:

“Andrew La Porta passed away of natural causes on Friday, February 5th, 2021. He was only 48 years old. Read More

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