Vigil, memorial service planned for slain family, shooting victims on Tuesday

Two separate events memorializing the victims in last week’s mass shooting and Halloween night crash will be held in Long Beach on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The first event will be a memorial service at the home where three men were killed and another nine people injured during a Halloween party last Tuesday night in Rose Park.

The family that hosted the party will commemorate the one-week anniversary of the passing of Maurice Poe, Jr., Melvin Williams II and Ricardo Torres.

The service will be a Buddhist ceremony and will include five monks. It will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at 2711 E. Seventh St.

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The second event is a vigil at Cal State Long Beach in memory of the family killed on Halloween night after a suspected DUI driver crashed into them near Los Cerritos Park in Bixby Knolls.

The victims were identified as Joseph Awaida, 30, his wife Raihan Dakhil, 32, and their 3-year-old son Omar.

In a campus email, CSULB President Jane Close Conoley identified Dakhil as a student while Omar attended the Isabel Patterson Child Development Center.

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“The Beach community is a unique kind of family: we’re big, diverse, welcoming and supporting,” Close Conoley said in the email. “Whether you are a student, faculty or staff member; from our alumni or neighboring community; or a youngster in a campus child development center – you are part of our family. We feel each loss in our own way, but we lift up each other – together.”

The vigil will take place at 6 p.m. in the courtyard of the Isabel Patterson Child Development Center, located at 5700 E. Atherton St.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.
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