Community to Honor Life of 14-Year-Old Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG)  |  By Sierra Health Foundation

Arden-Arcade Community to Host Candlelight Vigil

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Members of the Arden-Arcade community will hold a candlelight vigil and healing space to honor the life of De’Sean Rowe-Manns, a freshman at Mira Loma High School who was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Sept. 19.

“Today we will honor the life of De’Sean, but also call for witnesses to this tragedy,” said Danielle Lawrence, Arden-Arcade Black Child Legacy Campaign lead.  “His family deserves justice and we ask for the driver to please come forward.” 

Led by the Black Child Legacy Campaign’s Arden-Arcade Community Incubator Lead, community members will come together for healing, to share stories and call for justice with the family of Rowe-Manns at the parking lot of Arcade Fundamental Middle School today at 6 p.m.

“Arden-Arcade is an extraordinary neighborhood that comes together, especially during times like these, to build healing spaces and community,” said Sierra Health Foundation and The Center President and CEO Chet P. Hewitt.  “Tonight we gather to honor a young man who we lost much too early, with a shared vision that children, youth and families in Arden-Arcade and throughout the city of Sacramento deserve to be in a community where they are safe and cared for.”

The Arden-Arcade Community Incubator Lead is one of seven lead organizations for the Black Child Legacy Campaign, the community-driven movement raising visibility and strengthening efforts of the Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths to reduce the number of black child mortalities by 10% to 20% by 2020 in Sacramento County.  For 20 years, the Sacramento County Child Death Review Team has consistently found that African-American children died at a rate two times higher than children of other races. 

All Community Incubator Leads engage in community crisis response in each of the seven targeted neighborhoods of Arden-Arcade, Del Paso Heights/North Sacramento, North Highlands/Foothill Farms, Oak Park, Fruitridge/Stockton, Valley Hi and Meadowview.

Learn more about the Black Child Legacy Campaign at www.blackchildlegacy.org and the Steering Committee on RAACD at www.shfcenter.org/raacd.