Heartbroken Family Cannot Wash Away the Pain

Lakiesha Mason was shot Downtown outside a Gaslamp night club

By Greg Bledsoe
|  Saturday, May 30, 2009  |  Updated 8:14 PM PDT
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The car wash was raising money to help the family of 21-year-old Lakiesha Mason pay for a funeral.

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Heartbroken Family Cannot Wash Away the Pain

Family holds car wash to honor victim of downtown shooting.

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Car after car pulled into the parking lot off Market Street Saturday. Drivers dropped a donation into a bucket, and left with a clean car.

The car wash was raising money to help the family of 21-year-old Lakiesha Mason pay for a funeral.  The family says they'd also like to start a foundation in her honor.

Mason was one of three people shot outside a Gaslamp Quarter night club over Memorial Day Weekend.  Police say a fight broke out inside the club, spilling out into the streets, and then someone opened fire.  Two men survived their gunshots.  Mason, who was pregnant, died at the hospital.

She had turned 21 just two hours before the shooting, and was out celebrating with friends.

"It's the worst news a parent can get," said Sam Mason, fighting back tears.  The father called his daughter's death senseless violence, and said he hopes it will call attention to the problem in the community.

Police have surveillance video taken about a block away from the shooting as people ran for cover.  However, investigators believe witnesses may have better pictures and video on their cell phones.  They're asking anyone with any pictures, video, or information to come forward.

There have been no arrests.

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