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Re: “Anne Keegan

MAY 23, 2011


ANNE KEEGAN was my dear friend for the past 25 years and 7 months. I had the distinct pleasure to share my hopes, concerns, laughter, and tears with this incredible woman.

The first time I hear Anne’s beautiful voice, was on the telephone. My fifteen year old son had been murdered in a local schoolyard at 3:00 in the afternoon by a gang member. My family and I were in the middle of the murder trial, and I had called a press conference to urge Mothers to come together and no longer allow gangs to hold communities hostage.

I have to say, Anne was rather intimidating at the time. She said, “I’d like to write a story about the work you’re doing in your community, but, I don’t do press conferences.” Wow. Now there was someone who spoke her mind! I said, “Okay, meet me on Saturday morning at the schoolyard. Along with my family , a few mothers and myself – we’re going to paint over the huge gang emblem painted on the school wall.” Without hesitation or concern for herself, Anne said, “I’ll be there.”

And she was. Even while gangmembers watched from a few yards away, that we didn’t back down from painting over their emblem, and Anne wrote the story for the Tribune.

When she was getting ready to leave that morning, I thanked her for coming. I expected a handshake. Instead, Anne wrapped her arms around me, and with tears in her eyes, she looked me straight in the eye and said, “I am so sorry for your loss. I have a fifteen year old son, too. His name is Patrick.” It was then that I felt that wonderful Anne Keegan connectiveness to others. I was strengthen by her words and felt empowered that my mission had touched the heart of this other mother.

Anne Keegan was a renowned reporter and journalist. She had a universal wish that we all be connected to others in the best way possible. She was trusting of people. She understood their feelings. She engaged them in dialogue and engaged herself in their emotions and thoughts. She gave many families hope about their future and their community. She brought darkness into the light. And most important, Anne made the invisible, visible. She championed for all our tomorrows.

Madam Keegan is our universal ambassador of love and hope.

Her husband Lenny knows that God blessed us when he sent this sweet Anne to our Universe. She will remain my friend throughout eternity.

I love you, Anne Keegan. I love you, Lenny. I love, Patrick.

Your friend, su amiga,


FRANCES SANDOVAL MELENDEZ

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Posted by javier on 05/27/2011 at 12:28 AM

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