Peabo Wellington, college student, remembered

Jepeabo WellingtonCollege of Alameda student Jepeabo Wellington was murdered on August 24. He was 24 years old.

The Oakland native was coming from a peace vigil in West Oakland when he was apparently approached by men asking where he was from. When he replied, "East Oakland," he was gunned down.

A vigil was held on August 25 for Peabo at the College of Alameda, where he was a student. Friends and classmates shared stories about Peabo, who was quick with a smile and a kind word, and enjoyed laughing with others.

Best friend remembers

Peabo worked in the EOPS–Extended Opportunities, Programs and Services–offices and previously worked in the campus bookstore. Peabo was previously involved in the Alameda County Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) and his worked once landed him on the front page of the Oakland Post newspaper.

A large "Stop the Violence" banner near candles was visible in the campus quad. Blue and white balloons were released in his memory after the noontime vigil.

Releasing balloons

Peabo planned to transfer to Howard University in Washington, D.C. and had been talking to college recruiters since attending the Black College Fair at Laney College in 2010.

He was also an expecting father, possibly twins, according to friends.

Ten days before his untimely death, Peabo posted this Facebook status, "Its almost time to go back to school one more semester and its graduation time 2012." The post continues, "the world wont end for me but it will definitely begin ~YOUNG LIFE~."

RIP "Bo."

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