David Josiah Lawson’s Family Host Coat Drive During Eight Month Vigil

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Since April, David Josiah Lawson’s Jamaican born mother has traveled to Humboldt County every month seeking justice for Lawson, who is called “DJ” by his family.

It has now been eight months since Lawson was stabbed at an off campus party and no one is in custody for his death. Lawson was a second year Humboldt State University student from Perris, CA, located in Riverside County.

Friday, December 15th at 5:00 p.m. Lawson’s mother and her good friend could be seen on Arcata’s Plaza giving away coats to those in need–which included largely–Arcata’s homeless community.

During the coat drive, one man in the transient/homeless community looked at a flier with Lawson’s face on it. He held it in his hands for a few moments before he walked off saying,

“I remember that kid. One time I asked him for 5o cents and he gave me five dollars.”

Ms. Lawson and her sister also made a trip to the local Boys and Girls Club of Eureka last week during their time in Humboldt County.

Last month, Ms. Lawson went to the Boys and Girls club (where the younger children are) and did arts and crafts with some of the kids. She was touched by the young girls she met there and wanted to come back this month to give them something special. The Boys and Girls Club are also doing a coat drive this Friday, Dec. 22.

There is currently a $55,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of those responsible for Lawson’s death.

Slauson Girl is a South Central native who has a love for journalism, history and all things Hip-Hop. She holds a B.A in Critical Race & Gender Theory & a Minor in Journalism. Follow Me on IG @Slausongirl

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