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SKATE AGAINST HATE - A TRIBUTE TO EVEREADY

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Detectives Joe Lumbreras and Donna    
Los Angeles Police Department
310-202-4506

April 6, 1997

On Sunday, April 6, 1997 at 2:00 P.M., skaters in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York and Philadelphia joined as one community to make a strong statement against hate and to honor the memory of Shelby Antonio Graham, better known as "Eveready".

Eveready was one of the most popular dance skaters that rolled the Venice Beach area for many years. Millions have watched him on the beach performing to the crowds and welcoming the newcomers as Eveready was one of those with a passion for the sport.

Eveready was found strangled to death on the beach early Saturday morning on March 30, 1997. He was not robbed. He NEVER used drugs or had any enemies. Local skaters who skate Venice Beach with Eveready are convinced that this is a hate crime.

According to Dr. William Wright, a professor at U.C.L.A., the Venice area police were on tactical alert because of a large group of kids that were from the Hollywood area. As tension mounted at the beach, Eveready popped in a tape and the music let everyone dance their frustrations away. Eveready was killed that same day.

This is a situation that we in San Francisco can identify with very easily. Every year members of San Francisco's Skate Patrol and C.O.R.A. (California Outdoor Rollerskating Association) skate from S.F. to L.A. in the Skate Against Violence. This event was created to honor of S. F. Skate Patroller Bruce Marshall, who was gunned down at the Denny's restaurant in Japantown on Nov. 1, 1993. Last year the skate-a-thon was dedicated to the memory of Patrick Hurrican, who was killed as a result of violence that escalated from a bike versus car argument.

Eveready was one of the skaters we met and got to know when we skated to Santa Monica last October. We will dedicate the 1997 S.F. to L.A. Skate Against Violence to the memory of Eveready in October.

From Christopher chrst4@aol.com

Sunday, April 6th was a sad occasion for EVeryone, but I couldn't help but feel overwhelming joy over the fact that EVeryone was brought together as a family. I wanted to express to EVeryone of you, my skating brothers and sisters, how happy I am to be a part of something so wonderful,something so joyous, that EVery time I try to put it into words, the word "family" comes up, but for some reason that word doesn't seem strong enough.

I wish to express my profound gratitude to EVeryone of you, for being who you are, and being what we are, and to tell you how proud I am to give the gift of music to such a wonderful and unique personification of love. For EVery one of you who has the means to do so, please copy this letter and share it with EVeryone who doesn't have an E-mail address. The attached file is a picture of EVeryone's friend, for those who don't have it yet.

Following this letter is the E-mail address of EVeryone with a computer. I close this letter, happy and joyful, knowing that next time I drag that sound system to VEnice beach, I have some wonderful friends that I love to celebrate life with. Peace.

Chrst4@aol.com Christopher