FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
On Wednesday, November 6, the flag of the City of Portland will be lowered in honor of 15 year-old Abukar Madey, who was a victim of homicidal violence. The City flag will be lowered at City Hall, the Portland Building, the World Trade Center, Pioneer Courthouse Square, at Jeld-Wen Field, and at several fire stations.
“Abukar had just turned 15 years old a few days before his life was cut short,” said Commissioner Dan Saltzman. "All of us feel the pain of losing this child, especially the Somali community."
Also on Wednesday, Commissioner Saltzman will make remarks in honor of Abukar at the 9:30am Portland City Council meeting at Portland City Hall.
City Council approved a resolution in April 2009 to lower the City’s flag in honor of children who die from abuse, neglect, or homicidal violence. This marks the eleventh time that the flag has been lowered for this purpose.