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Memorial fund for Cafe Racer shooting victim

June 2nd, 2012 by Support Staff

A memorial trust has been established for Donald Largen, a 57-year-old saxophone player and urban planner who was killed Wednesday in the Café Racer shooting, friends have announced.

Donations are needed to fund funeral expenses and support his surviving partner, Glenna Wilson.

A story about Largen ran in The Seattle Times on Thursday.

Donald Largen, a 57-year-old urban planner who played the saxophone, was one of the four people killed in a Wednesday morning attack by a gunman who opened fire at the Cafe Racer, according to his mother, Betty Parker.

“He was a very loving, kindhearted man,” Parker said Thursday.

Largen was a Seattle native who graduated from Shorecrest High School and the University of Washington. He worked as an urban planner while simultaneously pursuing his love of music, regularly playing at cafes and friend’s houses whenever possible. He loved Costa Rica and visited as often as possible with Glenna. He was a resident of the Roosevelt neighborhood and was a regular at local establishments such as the Café Racer, Latona Pub, Big Time Brewery and Café Allegro.

Donations are welcome in any amount and can be made at any Bank of America location to the Donald B. Largen Memorial Trust Fund. All proceeds will be used to cover funeral expenses, with the remainder going to Wilson, Largen’s partner of 22 years. Separate funds are being created for the other shooting victims.

The Times is also reporting:

Victims of the Cafe Racer shootings will be honored at a gathering outside the cafe Saturday afternoon and at a benefit concert Sunday evening — and the cafe’s owner says he has decided he will reopen the business, but he does not know when.

Today’s memorial is at 12:30 p.m. The concert is at 8 p.m. Sunday on a stage in the alley behind Cafe Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way N.E.

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