Family and Community Remember Richard "Harpo" Jacquez, 4th Police Killing In San Jose In 8 Days

On August 17, 2015, San Jose Police killed Richard "Harpo" Jacquez on a street by his cousin's home in South San Jose. He was shot five times in the back, he had no weapon, and was the fourth police killing in eight days. He was remembered tonight at a vigil attended by over 200 family, friends, and community members. People who spoke remembered him as a loving and present father, son, brother, cousin, grandfather, uncle, and friend -- someone who gave his last dollar to a person in need or who would run immediately by your side if you needed help. The families of Antonio Guzman Lopez, Diana Showman, and Oscar Grant came to show their support and solidarity.

As the family prepares for his funeral, they are requesting support for his burial costs. Any donations are very much appreciated through this gofundme site:

Homemade signs by Harpo's family and friends.


Blood and a pocket bible mark the very site where Tiffany's brother Harpo was killed by San Jose Police. Family members say Harpo's body was on the street for almost 6 hours. 


Family leads a prayer to start the vigil.


Laurie Valdez, partner of Antonio Guzman Lopez who was killed by San Jose State Police, and Vicki Showman, mother of Diana Showman who was killed by San Jose Police, attended the vigil. "We've been down this road before. It's long and it's hard," says Laurie. "But we will walk with you."


Over 200 family, friends, and community members came to the vigil.


A family member kneels in front of candles by the street corner where Harpo was shot by police.


The families of Antonio Guzman Lopez, Diana Showman, and Oscar Grant unite with the family and community of Richard Harpo Jacquez. Cephus "Uncle Bobby" Johnson, uncle to Oscar Grant, said, "There will be times for marches and holding those accountable. But tonight is about honoring the life and memory of Richard Jacquez. San Jose will not forget your name."

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About Charisse Domingo


Charisse Domingo is a photojournalist with Silicon Valley De-Bug, and co-founder of the Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project. Domingo is also the co-founder of the Darkroom at Debug, a community for film photographers.

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