The memorial and candlelight vigil for Degene “Safei” Barecha was held this evening at his sandwich shop at 23rd and Union. There were at least one hundred family, friends, and CD residents who came to pay their respects. There was quite an outpour of emotion from those who knew Safei, and it was apparent that there is a very strong bond among his family. Early, before most people arrived, family and friends paid tribute to Safei with a beautiful song.
I spoke with a member of the family and he expressed his gratitude for the kind gestures and sympathy from the neighborhood following this tragic event. He stated that the family plans on sending Safei’s body home to Ethiopia. They can use all of the help they can get because it is a very expensive process.
If you would like to make donations, they can be made at any Bank of America branch to the Degene Fund (acct #35678655) Any amount is appreciated.