They say a great haircut can really make a person. For young Fresh Jess, that usually meant a trip to Danny Vega's salon, in a house just off of Rainier Ave. in South Seattle. My dad took my siblings and I there a lot when we were kids. They'd chat while we took turns in Danny's chair getting our hair did:
Thanks Danny for always making me look fly!
It was heartbreaking to hear about Danny's passing after a brutal beating that left him in a coma for almost two weeks. He was only four blocks from his home/salon taking his nightly walk when he was assaulted by three teenagers.
Photo via Seattle Gay Scene
Nobody should ever feel unsafe being who they are, where they are. The Seattle Police Department and Mayor McGinn have launched an investigation to track down the teenagers. There will be a community meeting tonight. If you know Danny or live in the neighborhood, I highly encourage you to attend and participate in the discussion:
In partnership and at the request of the family of Danny Vega, the Seattle Police Department Filipino Advisory Council and the Filipino Community of Seattle, the Seattle Police is holding a community meeting to address concerns of Vega’s homicide, criminal investigation process, crime prevention opportunities, and answer other questions tomorrow Wednesday, November 30th at 6 p.m. at the Filipino Community Center, 5740 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Seattle.
We suggest anyone who wishes to attend this meeting to please consider carpooling or using public transportation as parking is limited.
Captain Ron Wilson
Community Outreach Section
Seattle Police Department
Danny's memorial page on Facebook