Flags to be lowered on county buildings today to honor violence victims

Children's memorial banner to replace American flag in tribute to 2 slain this month

Alameda County officials will lower the flags at county facilities today in honor of two young people who were victims of violence recently.

One of those to be honored is 12-year-old Maurice Jackson, an honor student at Centerville Middle School in Fremont who died on March 7.

According to Alameda County Supervisor Gail Steele, who has been honoring youths who died from violence for many years, Jackson was known as "Reese" and loved his family and friends.

Steele said Jackson loved to dance and make people laugh.

Also to be honored is 15-year-old Tomiko Mercedes Blacksher of Oakland, who was shot to death outside an apartment complex in the 6400 block of MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland on March 12.

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors adjourned its meeting on Tuesday in honor of Jackson and Blacksher.

Steele said the county will lower American flags and fly a children's memorial flag and is requesting that the cities of Fremont and Oakland lower their flags as well.

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