Over 100 family members and friends gathered May 10 at the Michigan Park Recreation Center in Northeast D.C., the day before the funeral of a 29-year-old Northeast Washington man who was found shot to death May 5.
Frederick “Ziggy” Booker, 29, of Eleventh Street, NE in the Michigan Park neighborhood , was found in a vehicle parked in the 4100 block of 20th Street, NE.
He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
At the candlelight vigil, friends of Booker recalled his love of basketball and his devotion to his two children, ages 6 and 8. With the Booker family and friends holding lighted candles, Sharon Goings, who organized the vigil, led the crowd in prayer.
“When we light this candle, we light it and pray that the violence will stop,” said Goings amid bitter weeping and mourning. Goings led the crowd in the recital of the Psalms 23.
The event marked the second memorial service Charlene Booker, the slain man’s mother, has attended for a son. Charles Booker, 19, was killed in 2002 on a nearby street.
Friends and family spoke of Ziggy Booker’s immense love for his children.
“He was always quick to show you video’s he took with his cellphone of his daughters”, a close friend recalls. Turning to Ms. Booker, she addressed these words: You taught him to be a man.