Thursday, September 04, 2008

Rest in Peace, Councilmember Garcia

I was at an awards ceremony two weeks ago where Fairfield City Councilmember Matt Garcia gave the keynote speech. He impressed me with his young leadership, his energy and his dedication.

I just can't believe that he's no longer alive -- killed so quickly and so brutally. For me and many others, Councilmember Garcia represented hope for the future. He was the antithisis of apathy, the epitome of personal responsibility and the living proof that while we have to take the hand that is dealt to us, we ultimately get to choose our own paths.

Councilmember Garcia chose to focus on the positive and work to improve his community. And now an important young voice is silenced, and many years of future leadership has been denied to the Fairfield community...and most likely the country.

My condolences to his family and friends, and to the community of Fairfield. Rest in peace, Councilmember Garcia.

A Memorial Fund has been established at First Bank in Fairfield, located at 2407 Waterman Blvd. Donations can be made out the "Matt Garcia Memorial Fund." The funds will used to help with the final arrangements as well as begin the Matt Garcia, Keep the Dream Alive Foundation.