If the true measure of a man is how many friends he leaves behind, then Jason “Hoss” Hallstrom was quite a man. A very large crowd of his friends and family attended a memorial tonight at the Target located at Grand Ave. and 17th St., in Santa Ana. This was where Hallstrom was shot and killed by officers of the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) on March 15, 2013.
Hallstrom’s friend of eighteen years, Jeffrey Lowe, drove here all the way from Kingman, Arizona, with his wife. Tonight he led the memorial and at times was almost too choked up to talk. Tears flowed freely as Hallstrom’s associates took turns reminiscing about their departed friend.
When the SAPD shot and killed another unarmed man, Binh Van Nguyen, earlier this year, the Santa Ana City Council got hammered by the Vietnamese community and quickly called for a town hall meeting. No one from the City Council showed up tonight. Hallstrom does not represent a voter demographic that our Council cares about.
But many people did care about Hallstrom and tonight they had a chance to share those feelings with each other. They did so by candlelight and the crowd, which included quite a few young people, was very solemn and well behaved. The SAPD sent a black and white to monitor the memorial .
Lowe and I spoke about his efforts to alert authorities about what happened to Hallstrom. Lowe had been in touch with the U.S. Attorney General’s office. It is about time that they have a look at the SAPD. This case just might get the ball rolling.
The police should not be able to execute you just because you run from them.
19 thoughts on “Jason Hallstrom’s memorial drew a large crowd of his friends and family”
Thanks for covering this, unlike other news sources.
Rest in Peace Jason.
Thanks and thanks for being there too.
Thank you to everyone that came out and showed your Love and Support. Jason “Hoss” Hallstrom , you will be missed, but you will never be forgotten. Love you Maxx
Thanks for keeping this out there, Saw a lot of people I haven’t seen in a while and some I hadn’t met. They all said the same . Hoss was a great guy. The picture of him looked just like the way he was.
“When the SAPD shot and killed another unarmed man, Binh Van Nguyen, earlier this year, the Santa Ana City Council got hammered by the Vietnamese community and quickly called for a town hall meeting. No one from the City Council showed up tonight. Hallstrom does not represent a voter demographic that our Council cares about.”
Are you suggesting that race is a factor in the decisions made by our City Council? Not enough white voters in SA to care about?
I believe they only care about those communities that represent a lot of voters.
And that is a racism punting one race above another based on a majority (aka tyranny by majority) and when I point it out in this blog and elsewhere, all Mexicans jump on me calling me a racist.
The truth is that 100% Mexican council hates whites.
Gringos! Remember this Mexican racism when the vote comes to legalize Mexicans for citizenship.
They want Aztlan.
Thank you for covering the vigil. Many people family and friends alike came together last night to memorialize and honor Jason’s life. Justice will be served in time and we will never forget you Hoss!
Thank you for all that showed up to my cousin’s vigil. wish I could have been there to support him. Justice will be served.
People are saying that you were allowed into Hallstrom’s hospital room- while close family members were not allowed. Is that true?
No it is not.
You know Art. we are ‘not going to stop this is only the begining. We will not stop until. those responsible that feel they are above the law, or invincible are held accountable.
“You know Art. we are ‘not going to stop this is only the begining”……… Hmmmmmm
I have wrote letter to Obama in the case of SAPD13 murder of Susie Young Kim, virtually in the same spot as Jason Hallstrom was murdered, and the USA Justice Deportment ask me to supply an evidence which I as a citizen have no power to obtain.
They just play game and stonewall!
We have very corrupt Orange County officials and it is your fault that you are voting for such criminals.
Now, ask yourselfs for whom did you voted last election?…. which judges?…. which congressman, senators state and federal, DA, Attorney General and which president?
Any one you have voted for should have been your representative.
Can he/she represent you in this case?
If not than you have elected wrong person which is your fault because you are probably left-liberal-moron-mongoloid.
Admin, did you happen to talk to anyone that night about the bullet holes in the house behind the shooting spot. I wonder if any reporter or concerned neighbor will ever talk to that family that lives there and asks them how they felt about a bullet hole in the shudder of the bedroom window. (that’s what it looked like to me and another visitor.)
The police should not be as reckless as gang members with family homes. *especially when the neighborhood is not the home of the suspected criminal activity.
Did anybody catch any any quotes from the folks that lived there in any articles? about their opinion?
Forget it Jake – it’s Chinatown.
Oh its worse than that Mateo, There was at least one shot that went through and into the corner house to which the tenants came home to their locked house being tore up inside by the police, Then there was the 3 shots in the house next door with someone home. The worst part of this whole thing is I have been told by a biased individual that my friend Jason threw his arms up but was still shot and killed.
I apparently was typing to quickly I meant a NON-BIASED, but either way the police violated Jason’s rights and the officers that took his life broke laws they swore to uphold.
Thank you to everyone!!! Hoss was an incredible man. He loved attention and it is befitting that he continues to be the center of so many persons attention. I can not find the words to express the devastation that my life has encountered since losing him. The sun offers no warmth; all the colors have faded; i’m lost. He is never coming home. It is the friends, old and new, that keep me from drowning in sadness and continue the fight when I cant get out of bed. It is the work, efforts, diligence, and love that I am so very grateful for. I will fight for Jason because he cant. I will never stop until every person responsible for his death is held accountable. The officer that fired his gun, the person that ordered it, the officials that have lied, and all others whom had even the slightest knowledge. There is no accident. You have taken away a man of great integrity and passion. You have acted in a manner that is unacceptable and unethical as a public paid officer of the community. You are not the Judge or God to impose your discernment. We will not stop until Jason is vindicated.
Tiffany, please don’t ever stop fighting for this kind of justice and keep us all posted about any new info that you find.