The first bit of news to report from this weekend's Westheimer Block Party is not a happy one at all. Late Saturday night,Free Press Houston
staffer Lee Powers, 19, fell to his death from the Hazard St. bridge over U.S. 59. Powers, who also worked as a cook at Mango's, did many different tasks for the Montrose publication that produced this weekend's Block Party, a visibly shaken editor/publisher Omar Afra said Sunday afternoon. Among other things, Powers interviewed Devin the Dude, helped deliver the paper and distributed flyers for Block Party and otherFPH
-produced events such as Summerfest this past August. "He did everything for us," Afra said. Rocks Off glimpsed several
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and Block Party staffers who had obviously been crying Sunday. Many more left the festival early - "half the staff walked out," Afra said. "He was more than warm in his greeting, and a perpetual friend to everyone he met," FPH's Mills McCoin posted onwww.freepresshouston.com
Sunday afternoon. Afra is organizing a benefit for Powers' funeral expenses scheduled for this coming weekend at Mango's. The specific date, time and performers are TBD.