A memorial has been planned for Bakersfield native Lloyd Porter, brother of Grammy award-winning artist Gregory Porter, after he died due to complications from the coronavirus last week.
The memorial will be held Wednesday evening at Highland High School, where Porter graduated in 1988. It starts at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to join in the student parking lot by the gym at Highland and take part in a candlelight vigil. Following the vigil, a quiet procession will take place to Siemon Park, on Redlands Drive.
Porter died on May 6 at the age of 49 from complications due to COVID-19.
His alma mater Fresno State University, where he graduated from in 1996 with a degree in Theatre Arts, shared a message saying "We are saddened to hear of the passing of one of our beloved alumni, Lloyd Cornelious Porter, who passed this morning in New York city due to complications with COVID-19...Cornelious will be remembered by many for his energy, his charisma, and his infectious laugh."
Following his graduation, Porter and his family, wife Hilary and daughter MacLemore, lived in Brooklyn, New York where he was a small business owner of a bakery called Bread Love.
The actor/entrepreneur's brother Gregory Porter shared the following message: