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* Candle Light Ceremony at St. Benedict’s Church Will Honor Oakland Fallen Officers

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A candle-lighting ceremony that’s held in Oakland every year to honor and celebrate people who have passed away will include a special dedication to four police officers who were slain on March 21. The Oakland Fire Department’s critical incident stress management team will host the eighth annual “Light of Lights Candle Ceremony” at St. Benedict’s Church at 82nd and Bancroft avenues in Oakland from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 16. Organizers say the annual event is a multicultural ceremony aimed
at bringing the community together to honor the loss and celebrate the lives of loved ones who have died. The event is free, and attendees will be able to take home a candle to continue to reflect and heal. Refreshments will be served.  There will be a special remembrance for Oakland police Sgts. Mark Dunakin, Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai and Officer John Hege.  The four officers were killed in a confrontation with wanted parolee Lovelle Mixon after Dunakin and Hege made a traffic stop at 74th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland on March 22.

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