Tuesday, April 21, 2015

KPFA host Wesley Burton killed in car accident

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(From Bay City News) A public radio host who died in a rollover crash near his Oakland home early Saturday morning had deep Oakland roots and loved to barbecue for his friends, family and neighbors, his nephew said Monday.

"He was a guy that you could make friends with within an hour," said Wesley Burton's nephew, 19-year-old Tlaca Hernandez.

Hernandez has raised nearly $20,000 through a GoFundMe campaign to help support Burton's wife and three young children -- a crucial source of support as Burton did not have life insurance.

Burton was killed in a crash Saturday (April 18) at about 2:20 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Way near 59th Street, according to police. He was trapped inside the vehicle and despite life-saving measures, was pronounced dead there.

He worked as a board operator and co-host at Berkeley's KPFA 94.1. His two shows, "Sideshow Radio" and "After Hours," played hip-hop, R&B, soul and jazz music late at night.

Hernandez, who first met Burton when he was only 6 years old, said his uncle had always loved music and the two played drums together when Hernandez was young. Burton married Hernandez's aunt, Lucrecia, and since then was like a father to him, he said. Burton's young children, Santiago, Enrique, and Samaya, were like siblings to him.

"Whenever somebody thought of a good father, it was him," Hernandez said. That Burton was such a good and devoted father was a special accomplishment because Burton himself grew up without a father, Hernandez said.

His fundraising page is online at http://www.gofundme.com/wesleyburton. (Photo courtesy of KPFA.)

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