Folks from the Ravenna, Roosevelt and U-District areas of Seattle gathered last night outside Cafe Racer, for our neighbors murdered there yesterday by a gunman.
Some stood vigil on the sidewalk on Roosevelt Avenue. More crowded into 59th Street, which lays perpendicular to Roosevelt Avenue, at just the juncture Cafe Racer sits. A band played New Orleans style dirges, and a favorite local Indian restaurant provided free food.
Here's a link to about a minute long recording of some of what the band played. It's really good, really moving.
>>>Cafe Racer Vigil Music<<<
When I got home I saw a tweet from Jon Humbert, a local TV reporter, saying that people at the vigil had gotten hostile toward the press. I didn't see that at all and called him on it. To his credit, he kept engaging my replies until I had to allow, yes, some patrol cars did pull up and officers were engaging in some manner with one guy. So I must have missed that.
The names of those killed were written on Cafe Racer's windows. Also written: the admonition, "be kind to your neighbors."