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Free Press Staffer's Death Darkens Westheimer Block Party

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 other FPH-produced events such as Summerfest this past August. "He did everything for us," Afra said. Rocks Off glimpsed several Free Press 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 on www.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.

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