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West Oakland's Bikes-4-Life shares the wheels and remembers Baby Hiram

by KPFA Evening News/Ann Garrison
Community activist and Bikes 4 Life bike shop owner Tony Coleman, his neighbors, and the staff of the bike shop, held their third annual barbecue and holiday bike giveaway outside the shop on 7th Street in West Oakland, and remembered Baby Hiram, a child the neighborhood lost in December 2011, just before his second birthday, to gun violence.
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New bike owners prepared to head out after Bikes 4 Life's third annual
West Oakland Holiday Bike Giveaway.

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Hiram Lawrence Jr. on the day, in December 2011, when a bullet struck
him in the head, while his family was filming a rap video in West Oakland.
Six months later, in July 2012, the Hiram Tree was planted in his memory on
7th Street.  On December 29th, 2012, neighbors gathered outside Bikes 4 Life
bike shop and the tree on 7th, for the shop's annual holiday barbecue and bike
giveaway. At the end, all the winners shouted "Happy Birthday
Baby Hiram!" and "Bikes 4 Life!"

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