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Ceremony on Friday for man hit by truck on Portland Avenue

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Dec. 4, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
December 4, 2008 5:00 pm

The Associated Ministries will hold a brief, spiritual ceremony tomorrow for a 70-year-old man killed in a traffic accident Monday night.

William Baumann was crossing Portland Avenue near 74th Street East just before 8 p.m. Monday when he was struck by a truck. Baumann died of his injuries early Tuesday.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the circumstances of the crash.

The Moment of Blessing ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the spot where Baumann was hit. The site will be marked with bamboo poles laced with red and purple ribbons. Each ribbon bears the name and date of death of homicide victims in Pierce County.

The spiritual ceremonies are designed to cleanse the places in the county where homicides occur. They are also intended to provide support to the victim’s family, friends and the neighbors where the crime took place.

The ceremonies are open to the public.

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