As San Jose copes with one of its most violent years in decades—22 homicides since the start of 2013—a group of community members will gather tonight to honor the memory of those lost.
Just this week, the body of an unidentified man was found in a shopping cart. The week prior, five killings were reported, and another man died this week after a fight days earlier.
Assemblymember and Speaker Pro Tem Nora Campos (D-San Jose), as well as her brother, San Jose Councilman Xavier Campos, have suggested the SJPD ask the California Highway Patrol to help quell the wave of violence. It was Nora Campos’ second request to SJPD for CHP assistance in as many years. But both times the police chief, first Chris Moore and now Larry Esquivel, have rebuffed the advice. SJPD has cited the different skill sets involved in patrolling city streets for gangs compared to standard CHP duties, adding that the department would prefer to have more of its own on the streets.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley will lead the vigil, which starts at 7:30pm at the City Hall rotunda, 200 E. Santa Clara St.
Speakers include association president Kathleen Flynn, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, Fire Chief William McDonald, Deputy District Chris Arriola and a few pastors.
Families that have lost someone to violent crime are welcome to speak and bring photos of victims.
For more information, contact Flynn at [email protected] or call 408.861.5323.