Memorial honors radio DJ killed in freak accident
On Friday afternoon about 200 people gathered at UC Irvine to celebrate the life of Jessica Hoke. The 23-year-old UCI alumna died Dec. 3, three days after car crash debris hit her while she was walking to work at South Coast Plaza.
Family, friends and fellow students shared their stories of Hoke, a San Diego native who was known for her vivacious charm, sense of humor and creativity. The memorial service was held at Gateway Plaza, with Aldrich Park serving as a serene backdrop. Hoke's 5-year-old cousin, clad in a green floral dress, handed out sunflowers to everyone present.
While many were dressed in black, others were clad in hip attire, similar to the clothes Hoke, who worked at the H&M store, might have donned. Music from public radio station KUCI-FM (88.9) played in the background, a nod to Hoke, a deejay whose show, "The Exposure," played every Friday afternoon.
"I know for sure she would definitely want us to not be sad or glum," said David Hoke, her uncle. "This gathering and how we put it together -- I know it's kind of how Jessie would have liked it. We have a deejay; we have a few of her favorite foods."
-- Joanna Clay, Times Community News
Photo: Gary Hoke speaks about his daughter Jessica during a memorial service for her at UC Irvine on Friday. Credit: Times Community News