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Cafe Racer shooting victims remembered this weekend

June 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

A gathering of friends, patrons and neighbors is planned for 12:30 p.m. today outside Cafe Racer.

Meanwhile, a memorial fund is now established for one of the victims:

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

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.

Paul Zemtseff, a close friend of the departed, said funds are strongly needed and appreciated. “Don was a brutally honest man who could argue with the best of them yet could be convinced to change his mind. I will miss all his superb, clever (and often bawdy) jokes that he never had a chance to share with us. Whenever they came to dinner, it was always like the first time. He was consistently the most gracious and thankful guest. He lived a very conscious life and will be missed – most by his sweetheart Glenna, who has lost her other half. We will all so miss your great big heart.”

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.

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