Barbara Becnel, spokesperson for Stanley Tookie Williams, speaks outside of San Quentin State prison in San Quentin, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2005. Convicted killer Stanley Tookie Williams, the Crips gang co-founder whose case stirred a national debate about capital punishment and the possibility of redemption, was executed Tuesday morning. Williams, 51, died around 12:35 a.m. after receiving a lethal injection at San Quentin State Prison, officials said.
The San Francisco Chronicle has L.A. FUNERAL: Ashes will be taken to South Africa
Stanley Tookie Williams’ ashes will be scattered in South Africa after a large and public funeral planned for early next week in Los Angeles, the co-author of his anti-gang books said Tuesday.
Barbara Becnel said that Williams, who was executed early Tuesday, wanted his ashes to be scattered in Africa.
“He wanted to return to his ancestral home,” Becnel said. “We chose South Africa because I know some members of the Mandela family.”
So, now Barbara Becel is playing the race and apartheid card in Tookie’s death.
Flap can only imagine what a spectacle this funeral will be.
Williams and Becnel met Winnie Mandela in 1996, when she visited San Quentin State Prison to speak to them about the Internet Project for Street Peace, a computer program that links at-risk youths in Richmond with young people in Cape Town and Soweto.
The ex-wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela was one of numerous public figures who made unsuccessful appeals to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemency to Williams, who turned anti-gang activist after being convicted of four 1979 shotgun murders in the Los Angeles area.
Didn’t Winnie Mandela murder Stompie Seipei Moketsi? But, she got off on a technicality……
The body of the 51-year-old Williams was removed Tuesday from San Quentin and taken to an Oakland mortuary. Becnel said the body will be transported to Los Angeles for a memorial service that will probably be held Tuesday.
A site has not been picked, “but it will be a large venue that can hold more than 16,000 people,” Becnel said. Confirmed speakers include rapper Snoop Dogg, NAACP President Bruce Gordon and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, she said.