Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Chamberlin
Remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Statement from the Family of Berner “Bud” Johnson (July 27, 1970 – May 19, 2019):
“This past Sunday, we said goodbye to our beloved husband, father, brother, son and friend Bud. He was alone when he was assaulted and viciously beaten by a group of men outside his favorite neighborhood restaurant on Wednesday, May 15. We made the incredibly difficult decision to remove him from life support four days later. His sudden departure from our lives and the violent way in which it occurred leaves a hole in our hearts that will never be filled.
Bud had a big heart. He was a great family man and loved nothing more than spending time with his wife and children. At home, at work and with friends, he always put the concerns of others before his own.
As a result, Bud had an extensive and loving network of friends in the Senate, on his softball team, his son’s Little League baseball team and throughout the Washington, DC, community. Bud loved his neighborhood, which he and Diane moved into nine years ago seeking a change in their lifestyle. Along with their son Bo, they have lived in and around the DC community and became a part of it.
The family wishes to thank the first responders from both the Metropolitan Police Department and the DC Fire and EMS Department who tended to Bud immediately following his assault. Because of their efforts and success in reviving Bud, dozens of family members and friends were able to say goodbye to Bud before he passed.
The family is also grateful to the staff at MedStar Washington Hospital Center who cared for Bud, keeping him comfortable during his final days while accommodating the constant stream of visitors who filled the halls outside the ICU. (more…)
12th and Florida Ave, NE
Grant sends photos from the Ghost Bike installation Saturday morning.
DC Bicycle Advisory Council Statement on the killing of Dave Salovesh:
“The District of Columbia Bicycle Advisory Council issued the following statement on the killing of Dave Salovesh.
The BAC mourns the tragic loss of Dave Salovesh, a community leader struck and killed April 19 while bicycling on Florida Avenue NE.
Individual BAC and Pedestrian Advisory Council members issued the following joint statement:
“The cycling and pedestrian community has lost a passionate advocate to a needless death. The majority of the D.C. Bicycle Advisory Council, with support of members of the D.C. Pedestrian Advisory Council, calls on the Council of the District of Columbia, Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Metropolitan Police Department, and the District Department of Transportation to enact further protections for cyclists and pedestrians, and to provide more funding for safety, enforcement, and facilities for cyclists and pedestrians throughout the District.” (more…)
Beverly Jones via GoFundMe
Beverly Jones, artist, entrepreneur, “mother” of many pop-ups in and around Logan Circle for local artists, and the last manager of Pulp on the Hill and Pulp on 14th Street, NW, having taken over from Pulp founder, the late Ron “Feel the Love” Henderson, died in the early morning of March 23 of Myeloma. She was a welcoming face at Pulp and now, as we still mourn the loss of Pulp, we mourn Beverly. Her family and friends will celebrate her life on May 4 with details to be announced at the GoFundMe Page established by her daughter. We hope that many who frequented either or both stores, the pop-ups or who got to know Bev at Eastern Market where she sold her own cards and those of others for years, – – will want to donate here to help with the celebration of her too-short life.” (more…)
The story of Wendy Martinez, the runner stabbed in Logan circle last fall, was so hard for so many of us in DC.
Her fiancée Daniel is running the Boston marathon in a few weeks and is still $4,000 away from his fundraising goal. I don’t know him personally but saw a news story about the race and wanted to help out. Sometimes the runner has to make up the difference for these fundraising bibs. (more…)
Thanks to Mindy for passing on:
“So this posted at 15th and Girard and thought you could help spread the word. The email, which is sort of hard to read is [email protected]”
14th and W St, NW
It’s with great sadness that I write to you that my beloved CVS pharmacist at the 2129 14th St NW location, Annie, recently passed away.
Last week when my prescriptions got messed up I angrily asked where Annie was because she’s the only one at this pharmacy that could get my medicines right. Admittedly, I have some annoying medicines that require extra work, special orders, and atypical amounts that trip up most pharmacists. But not Annie. Over some of these weird quirks and issues, I grew closer to her and really appreciated how hardworking she was and able to solve almost any issue with ease and a smile.
When I asked where she was, I received a strange answer from one of the technicians–“she’s not here anymore.” (more…)
Prianka writes us:
“For anyone who works and/or lives in SW DC, our dear friend, Stanley Eubanks, who used to sit on the bench on the corner of 3rd and E, greeting everyone as they walk by, passed away yesterday. May we keep him and his family in our prayers, he will be missed.”
Photo by Emily Kennard
Thanks to Emily for sharing:
“On my way to work – and I ran into Lucien Bourdeau, an art teacher from NY, who came down to DC to pay his respects with a piece he painted.”