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Meleia - 15

No society that feeds its children on tales of successful violence can

expect them not to believe that violence in the end is rewarded.

-Margaret Mead, anthropologist (1901-1978)


We were on our way thorough

Berkeley to get some desert

when we saw some candles

and posters on the street

stopping we were transported back


It is 1:30 in the morning

the morning of July 17, 2005....

A Bay Area chill in the air

A car full of

young men

has approached some

young women

and tried to hit on them

tried to talk to them

tried to get next to them

but the women weren’t

having It

backing off of it

then the “B” word hit

the fan and

the “N” word went around

and then the terror

started going down

three shots rent the air

flying to the mark

and then most likely

to succeed dropped

gasping to her knees

home for the summer

from Dartmouth

by the doorstep of her house

hold on her partners said

but she was already dead

1:45 a.m. on a Berkeley

street corner at College and Haste

19 years old

senseless stupid violence

shattering lives

in one razor sharp instant of time

1:45 A.M. July 17, 2005

a lioness

a protector

a dreamer of dreams


A sign tacked to the

Phone pole


You were going to

Do so many things –

So short your time – so

Beautiful your example

I miss you I love you


MELEIA was 19 year old

and by all accounts a superstar....




Please take a look at this SET for an explanation of this picture and of the Memorial to Meleia's Life.

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Taken on July 20, 2005