On Saturday, July 24, 2021, a candlelight vigil will be held at Little Sam’s Market (3756 Mission Blvd). Mr. John Kouris, founder of Saturday Sun Productions, is inviting the San Diego community to join in honoring Demetrius DuBose on the anniversary of of his death, 22 years ago (July 24, 1999). Dubose lost his life after being shot to death 13 times by two San Diego Police Officers. Demetrius DuBose was just 28 years old.
The vigil will begin promptly at 8:00 PM (PST), at which time participants will walk from Little Sam’s Market to Santa Clara Point on Mission Bay. Biodegradable lanterns will be released in his memory. This event follows the opening of the “Say Their Names” Memorial exhibit which opened in San Diego on July 10th. Demetrius DuBose is included in the exhibit which features 200 Black victims whose lives were lost due to racial injustice, or police brutality.
John Kouris would like to honor the life of Demetrius DuBose and bring awareness to the continued impact systemic racism is having in our communities. “The deeply rooted institutional racism that cripples society as a whole has been swept under the rug for far too long”, stated John Kouris.
John Kouris is currently working on a film documentary titled “Demetrius DuBose, All American.” John met Demetrius while playing football at Notre Dame and earning his degree in American Studies. Kouris says he wants the documentary to “rehumanize Demetrius in the public’s eye,” and tell the full story of his life, not just the violence in his final moments.
Stay tuned for more information regarding the release of the documentary.