Family, friends gather to mourn Olango

By Pam Kragen


Family and community members gathered Saturday to remember Alfred Olango, the unarmed black man killed in an El Cajon officer-involved shooting, and to call for unity against similar shootings.

After a private funeral and burial, more than 150 people gathered in City Heights to mourn Olango, 38, who was remembered as a cheerful man of peace who helped others in times of need.

“This is a painful time, a grieving time,” said Walter Lam, president of Alliance for African Assistance, a San Diego refugee aid organization. “All I can say is, we are all in it together. What we will do in our power is to push for justice to be done.

“We want whoever is responsible for this (shooting) to face justice.”

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