Family Looks for Answers
Woodlawn Park vigil planned for shooting victim
5/5/2015, 3:28 p.m.
The family of a young Seattle man who was shot in northeast Portland is coming to Portland to hold a vigil at the same park where he died. The body of 24-year-old D’Andre Dickerson was found by paramedics in Woodlawn Park on April 13 after witnesses reported hearing shots fired.
Police say they still have no suspects, and the Dickerson’s family is still looking for answers. There will be a meeting with the family facilitated by Antoinette Edwards, the mayor’s director of the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, and the Community Peace Collaborative, on Wednesday, May 6 at 1 p.m. at Life Change Church, 3635 N. Williams Ave.
The purpose is to introduce the Seattle contingency to Portland’s network of service providers and other organizations that support victims and families of youth violence. At 2:30 p.m. the same day, Dickerson’s family will hold a press conference at the church, and then at 6 p.m., family and community organizers will host a vigil and rally open to the public at Woodlawn Park, located at the corner of Northeast 13th Avenue and Dekum Street.
The family also released a statement, acknowledging D’Andre Dickerson’s life and the family members he leaves behind, including his mother and father, saying, “If you saw something, say something.”