By Dion Evans,
It was December 2005 when SF Chronicle staff writer Henry K. Lee wrote an article highlighting the life and mission of Venus Noble, mother of two sons who were simultaneously shot, one killed on the scene, at Richmond Parkway in Richmond.
The eldest brother, Larrie Noble Jr., survived two shots to the head, but the younger brother, Elliot Noble, 20 years old at the time, was fatally shot as they prepared to attend a vigil for death row inmate Stanley Tookie Williams.
“It was a case of mistaken identity, but today we plan to memorialize my brother who would have turned 25 years old, ” according to Larrie, who wrote on Facebook that Elliott would have celebrated his birthday on Aug. 19.
Venus, who is founder of the nonprofit Elliot J. Noble Multiservice Family Organization, hosted a Saturday morning march in Oakland followed by an entire day of events to bring awareness and an end to senseless violence.
“I’m here today to bring awareness to the tragedy of homicide and negative things happening in our community. I want to take my pain and turn it into passion,” she said.
The march began at 130 Eldridge Ave., off the corner of Darien Street in the Brookfield Village Oakland neighborhood home where Elliot lived at the time of his murder. “No one has lived in the home consistently since the murder of my son,” stated Venus.
The day’s events also included a basketball tournament at Ira Jinkins Recreation Center and a gospel concert held in the evening hours. The march of about 40 people started with chants, “Stop the killing now!”
Accompanying the march was an African-style drum team riding on the back of a flatbed truck. As the march progressed, people in the Brookfield neighborhoods began coming to their porches to get a glimpse of what was happening.
The marchers gathered at the door of the Ira Jinkins Recreation Hall where many shared their most memorable moments of Elliott Noble. At the completion of the memorial service, filled with spoken word, poems and reflections, Venus launched 25 balloons, pink and brown, into the air to mark Elliott’s 25th birthday.
Venus released one balloon at a time. Clutching a brown balloon, she seemed to hesitate. She nodded several times and then, without warning, released the first balloon. Clasping her hands in a prayer position, she closed her eyes and began to shed tears.
“This is just the beginning. At the end of the day, I see this event as something larger. When I am gone and have made my transition to meet my son, the work will go on,” she said.
For more information on Venus Noble or Elliott J. Noble Multiservice Family Organization, email email@example.com.