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March 8, 2013

From Toody Maher:

Lincoln Plair, 20, the young man who was murdered on Monday afternoon on 6th Street, was part of the Pogo Park staff who worked at the park every single day as a volunteer.  He packed in literally hundreds of hours giving back to the community. Lincoln was known throughout the neighborhood as a kind, peaceful, gentle man -- a great spirit.  His killing was totally senseless; he didn't have a quarrel with anybody -- and everybody knows that. 

Tonight we have having a candlelight vigil and night walk.  We meet at Elm Playlot at 6:30 pm. Tomorrow we have a car wash to raise $ for his family - primarily his father, whom Lincoln lived with, who is older (70's) and disabled. Congressman George Miller is going to try to come by. We are doing everything we can to raise $ to help to take care of Lincoln's father now that Lincoln is gone. 

Any help you can give us to spread the word will be most appreciated. 

Best to you,


You have been invited to attend the Lincoln Plair Candlelight Vigil and Car Wash by Toody Maher, Executive Director of Pogo Park. Hope to see you there!

Celebrate the Life of

Lincoln Plair


Sunrise: June 9, 1992 --- Sunset: March 4, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Elm Playlot -- Pogo Park
720 Elm Ave., Richmond

Saturday Day, March 9, 2013
from 10-3

Elm Playlot -- Pogo Park
720 Elm Ave., Richmond


Pogo Park Park Staff and Ceasefire - Lifelines to Healing Community  will walk together to honor and remember Lincoln Plair, 20, a brother, son, cousin, friend; a peaceful, loving, gentle spirit who was murdered Monday afternoon on 6th street while playing with neighborhood children and washing a friend's car.

We will honor Lincoln by meeting at the park on Friday night at 6:30, lighting candles, and walking through the neighborhood. Any and all are welcome to join in the march; however the family respectfully asks that we march and pray only; no speeches, no politics, no agendas other than to honor the memory of one of the great spirits ever to grace this historic Iron Triangle neighborhood.

Get Your Car Washed!  To raise money for Lincoln's family, Pogo Park Staff and neighborhood children are washing cars on Saturday from 10-3 at the park. All money raised goes to the LINCOLN PLAIR MEMORIAL FUND.

Donate Now to the Lincoln Plair Memorial Fund

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Richmond shooting victim 'one of great spirits' in Iron Triangle
By Rick Hurd Contra Costa Times
Posted:   03/05/2013 04:59:06 PM PST
Updated:   03/05/2013 05:20:08 PM PST

RICHMOND -- On the last day of his life, Lincoln Plair received a small paycheck and a promotion. Then he went about doing what he always did, one of his friends said.
He attended to the business of helping.
Plair meticulously cleaned the sand boxes at the Elm Playlot in the heart of Richmond's Iron Triangle, clearing it of syringes, glass and other debris in time for the children at nearby Peres Elementary School to play there.
Then, he'd hop on his bike and travel around the Triangle, mowing lawns, often for free. When he was done with that, he'd travel home and take care of his grandfather.
"This," said Plair's boss and friend Toody Maher, "was one of the great spirits in our community."
Lincoln Plair (Courtesy of Pogo Park)
It was that spirit that appears to have put Plair in the wrong place at the wrong time Monday. He was mowing lawns in the 600 block of Sixth Street about 3:30 p.m. when he was shot several times in the torso, Richmond Police Det. Nicole Abetkov said. The 21-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
It was Richmond's second homicide of the year.
Maher, the founder and director of Pogo Park, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rebuilding the Elm Playlot, said Plair came to the organization just over a year ago. On Monday morning, she gave him a key to additional tool sheds at the park, a promotion signifying additional responsibility.
He accepted it happily, she said.
"In the Iron Triangle, everybody knows everybody,
and everybody knew Lincoln as a peaceful and gentle man who did everything he could to stay out of harm's way," Maher said. "He had this incredible goodness and desire to give."
Abetkov said police had no new updates on the investigation. Witnesses told police more than one person approached Plair as he worked in the yard and said two to four men were spotted running from the scene, Abetkov said.
"The whole community is just a wreck," Maher said. "Words can't describe the loss the children will feel. Shooting Lincoln was like shooting a child himself. We're devastated."
Maher said a memorial gathering will take place outside the park at Eighth and Elm streets at 6 p.m. Saturday to honor Plair. She said she expects a big turnout for a man who "brought a lot of happiness to the people who came into contact with him."
The killing was the city's second in 2013, down from five at this time last year. The first homicide of 2013 was Feb. 4, when police discovered William Wheeler, 26, shot dead about 3 a.m. at Lucas Park and Playground, just a few blocks east of Monday's slaying.
Rick Hurd covers crime. Contact him in Richmond at 510-262-2728 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.