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Photos - Oscar Grant Remembered at Fruitvale BART Vigil
Family and friends remembered Oscar Grant during a January 1, 2013 vigil at the Fruitvale BART Station. Four years after his murder by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle, Oakland has not forgotten Grant.
Four years after his murder at the hands of BART Police, family, friends, and activists remembered Oscar Grant III at the Fruitvale BART Station where his life was taken New Year's Day 2009. Despite BART's expectations of a small crowd, over 150 people came out in Grant's memory.
Speakers, poets, and singers spoke about the life of Oscar Grant and other victims of police terrorism as the struggle for Justice for Oscar Grant continues. Speakers included Wanda Johnson, Grant's mother, Cephus "Bobby" Johnson, Grant's uncle, Tatiana Mesa, Grant's daughter; activists: Minister Keith Muhammad, Dereca Blackmon, Tony Coleman, and artists: Malika Ubaka, Fly Benzo, Zar the Dip, and Ras Ceylon, and more. Family members of other victims of police terror spoke out, including Denika Chatman, mother of Kenneth Harding, Jr., Adam Blueford, father of Alan Blueford, and Rosemary Duenez, mother of Ernest Duenez, Jr.