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Friends to mourn Norman Tanner at vigil Friday

by Alex Madison

Black Brothers Esteem founder Norman Tanner
Black Brothers Esteem founder Norman Tanner  

A gathering for Norman Tanner, a gay man who was killed in a hit-and-run collision in San Francisco earlier this month, will be held on the corner of Baker and Oak streets Friday, November 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

According to San Francisco police, Mr. Tanner, a longtime HIV activist, was hit by a female driver of a Toyota Prius October 3. The vigil is at the site of the collision. The 60-year-old was crossing the street in the crosswalk at 9:11 p.m. when he was struck. The driver momentarily got out of the car but quickly sped off. Mr. Tanner suffered life-threatening injuries and died two days later at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

San Francisco police have not made any arrests in the case or provided any updates to the Bay Area Reporter.

Mr. Tanner, known as "Stormin' Norman" by his friends, founded Black Brothers Esteem in 1996, the city's first support group for gay, bisexual, and same-gender loving African-American men. The program is now part of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

The gathering, organized by SFAF, will include candles and prayers for Mr. Tanner and his family. As previously reported in Mr. Tanner's obituary published in the B.A.R., he was a nationally recognized leader in HIV prevention and support efforts.

He was also a longtime leader in San Francisco's sober community, where he had mentored dozens of people and facilitated many support groups over the past several decades, according to friends.

Investigators are asking residents and business owners in the area of the incident to check surveillance cameras for any images related to the incident. Anyone seeing a black or dark blue Toyota Prius with front-end damage, or anyone with information regarding this incident, is asked to call the SFPD 24-hour tip-line at 415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411.

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  • Anonymous, 2019-12-25 01:11:04

    I’m currently in Ky. Norman was my 2nd cousin and we were reared in Alloway, NJ, for many years. Norman was always so curious, bright, articulate and funny! He and my mothers’ siblings got along well! He was one of our favorite cousins. I was amiss when I heard of this tragedy, it pains me that he no longer is around to even pick up the phone. Who could have know it was going to happen this way? Just the same he was loved and cherished by the family, friends and community. We are extremely proud of his activism for the LGQBT community! We are thankful to the members in the organization that showed him love and respect. Norman your our Super Nova, keep guiding and protecting the sheep. We miss you! RIP, One Love and much peace to our Tanner families, Love Tanya (Irene’s daughter????????)

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