This Friday’s weekly food trip organized by the Seattle Police Officers Guild honors 18-year-old Conner Dassa-Holland, who died after being shot earlier this month.
SEATTLE – This is the fifth Friday in a row that the Seattle Police Officers Association is working with wholesalers to collect food donations for the local food bank.
But this latest effort at Rainier Beach is more than just a food trip. It was a celebration of life and legacy left by 18-year-old Conner Dassa-Holland, who was shot and killed in front of his family’s home on Mother’s Day.
Friends, family, and many police officers gather to respect Dassa-Holland and build stronger community ties. Even her mother was overwhelmed by the impact her son had had on so many people.
“When we returned from the hospital, there was an extraordinary response,” said Alicia Dassa. “And it doesn’t stop.”
Dassa-Holland is the captain of the soccer team, a model student and a voluntary mentor. He is studying pre-law at the University of Washington and hopes to return to serving the environment in which he grew up.
“We are surrounded by so much love and support. How can we sink into sadness? “Said Alicia Dassa.
The event is an example of how the Seattle Police Officers Union hopes to reach the community, said guild president Mike Solan.
“This is a new direction for us,” Solan said.
Solan works on the same road as an officer and still lives in the community.
United released a statement about the Friday event:
“As police officers, it is our duty to deal with crimes with violence, but the most difficult cases are cases like this – where innocent lives disappear for no reason at all. We want the Rainier Beach community to know that we think about it, and we know they are sick, so we try to give something positive, something entertaining. But we also went there because we knew the Seattle police should be part of a multi-sided solution that would help prevent this unreasonable act of violence in the future. “
The latest “Food Drive Friday” is a huge success and fulfills transportation capacity.
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