What about Mardi Gras riots' other victims?

RENEE C. BYER, Seattlepi.com File Photo

RENEE C. BYER, Seattlepi.com File Photo


June 29, 2003
By Robert L. Jamieson

Three wise men gathered in Pioneer Square to make beautiful music.

Mike, under a straw hat, plucked a guitar. Craig, with clean-shaven head, banged on a Djembe, an African drum used in healing rites. A fellow named Pharaoh rounded out the trio using sticks to pound a metal instrument with the easy-to-say name.

"Tin can," Pharaoh said with a wink.

The street musicians mellifluously crooned the Marvin Gaye standard "What's Goin' On," but it was clear the trio had no idea what was happening a few yards away, where people had set down flowers.

"What flowers?" Mike asked, standing under the pergola. "I didn't see flowers."

Yellow flowers were atop a plaque embedded in the earth. Words on the plaque: "No greater love hath a man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

The plaque -- unveiled last week -- honors Kristopher Kime, the young man killed two years ago while trying to help a woman being pummeled during Seattle's Mardi Gras riots.

Seattle police watched the paroxysm of violence and did nothing. 

Kristopher, in his unselfish act, became a civic hero.