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Rodney King memorial set for Saturday; family seeks donations

June 26, 2012 | 10:10 am

Rodney king in 1992A public memorial service for Rodney King is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, but his family is still seeking donations to help defray costs, a King family spokeswoman told The Times.

The service and dedication ceremony for King will be held at 2 p.m. at the Forest Lawn Hall of Liberty in Hollywood Hills, according to a statement from the family.   

King, who became a symbol for civil rights after being brutally beaten by Los Angeles police, was found dead June 17 at his Rialto home.

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Kali Bowyer, a publicist for the family, said the service is open to the public but seating is limited. She said the family has “the majority” of funeral costs covered but still seeks donations to help cover flowers, programs, unpaid bills and other costs.

Kings’ three daughters have established the Rodney Glen King Memorial Fund through Bank of America in Los Angeles County, and Bowyer said interested donors may contribute by calling or stopping at a branch. She said the daughters are still searching for King’s life insurance policy and are undecided on what to do with his house.

“What they want to do is just be able to put their father to rest and have some closure,” Bowyer said.

King was awarded a $3.8-million settlement following the police beating and the riots, but the money and fame brought him little solace. He had repeated run-ins with the law and as of April he said he was broke.  

“As Rodney’s friend, Rodney wholeheartedly deserved that money that he got,” Bowyer said. “Did he make the best of choices? No, but he changed a lot as he grew older.  

"He had children and he had grandchildren that he had to help support," she continued. "When you start dwindling down that $3 million, it goes quickly.”  


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Photo: Rodney King in 1992. Credit: Robert Sullivan / AFP/GettyImages