Lindsay McCollum and Tennessee (Eddie Tate) were murdered Dec 18, 2016, at 8:45 p.m. on 16th and Shotwell streets in the Mission District. Do you remember them? Tennessee was a kind man and could fix anything (I’m told) and actually had a generator in his tent. Tennessee has a family who loves him.
Do you remember my daughter Lindsay? Lindsay has a family who loves her and always prayed for her recovery from drug addiction. She was 27 years old when she was killed. She had a Pit bull named Lily who was with her when she died. She has a younger sister who has Lily now and Lily is very happy. I know everyone who met Lily fell in love with her. She is a very sweet and special doggy. It was a nice surprise to find out that Lindsay taught Lily to ride a skateboard. One day Lily just hopped on a skateboard and took off! Lindsay lived on the streets with some of you, off and on, for 3 years. Do you remember her and Lily? Do you have any information about this violent crime? Do you know someone who does?
Lindsay loved animals and preferred them to people. Animals never lie or let you down. Lindsay danced when she was young and was an expert pianist. Her favorite songs to play on the piano were Canon in D and the theme song from the movie Titanic, “My Heart Will Go On.” Lindsay loved to read and could read a 300-page book in one day. She liked vampires and Janet Evanovich novels the best. Lindsay was intelligent and beautiful.
Titanic was her favorite movie as a teenager and Little Mermaid her favorite as a child. She used to sit on the couch and sing her lungs out just like Ariel. Lindsay loved to ride horses and her Grandma Diane even named one of her horses after Lindsay – “Lindsay’s Kudra.” Lindsay loved strawberry smoothies, popcorn with melted cheese, toast with avocados and tomatoes/cheese, candlelight, and sitting around a fire pit. She loved the San Francisco thrift shops and pretty clothes. Lindsay loved the city of San Francisco and the electric vibe there. She loved to ride dirt bikes and had the most beautiful green eyes I have ever seen.
Lindsay was too young to die. A parent shouldn’t outlive their children. There is not a minute of my life that I’m not thinking of her. The world seems less without her in it.
Lindsay was a pain in the butt. She had a strong personality and at times could be fierce. Oh what I would give for another hug from her and yes, even another argument.
Stop at 16th and Shotwell and leave a flower, leave a note, or just stop and reflect on two lives taken, Lindsay and Tennessee. ≠