Dec : 21

Statement on Las Vegas Crash

We at Portland OIC are shocked and deeply saddened by the events that occurred Sunday night in Las Vegas. Our hearts go out to the family of the young woman who was killed in this tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with the many others injured on Sunday night.

Lakeisha Holloway, a graduate of Madison High School in Portland, OR, participated in our employment and training program.  Although Ms. Holloway never attended Rosemary Anderson High School, she worked closely with our youth employment staff and was honored for her achievements in the program at the Portland OIC Work Connection Breakfast with our C.A.R.E Role Model Award in 2012.

Prior to her involvement in Sunday’s events, Ms. Holloway had been committed to turning her life around. As demonstrated in videos and stories circulating on the internet, Ms. Holloway had invested years in overcoming her disadvantaged background and was successful in her academic and career pursuits. Portland OIC is committed to supporting youth through the age of 25, however, Ms. Holloway has not been involved with the organization for at least two years.

The students and clients of POIC face many of the struggles, similar to those of Ms. Holloway. It is the mission of Portland OIC to help youth and young adults in transition to overcome these barriers on their paths to success. The tragedy on Sunday highlights the need for young adults in transition to have access to the resources and relationships provided by organizations such as POIC, as they develop stable and prosperous adult lives.

Due to the nature of the incident, we are directing all media inquiries to the desk of Mr. Joe McFerrin II. Please see our Facebook and the POIC website for any additional information.