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Friday, August 28, 2009

Mother of Murder Victim: Outside Lands Banned Me From Handing Out Fliers, So I'll Fly My Message Over The Crowd Instead

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 4:30 PM

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  • Brandon Lee Evans
Christine Evans has stopped at nothing to find some clue to who killed her 20-year-old son, Brandon Lee Evans, in Golden Gate Park last November. She created a Web site and taped up fliers around the park asking for people with information to come forward. This month, her message graces the sides of 16 public restrooms around the city, and she met with Police Chief George Gascon to discuss the case on Tuesday.

So it's no surprise that she didn't just sit back after the producers of this weekend's Outside Lands music festival said she couldn't distribute fliers inside the event. She decided to fly the message over the crowd instead.

Evans hired a plane to zoom a banner reading "Who killed my son?" over the crowd tomorrow starting at 2:00 p.m. The plane's two-hour route will focus on Outside Lands, then proceed to Highways 280 and 101, and the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges. 

"Basically they weren't cooperative," Evans told SF Weekly regarding the Outside Lands crew. "If I could, I would dump 10,000 fliers in the park on the [event producer's] head." 

Evans says she started emailing Another Planet Entertainment, the producers of the event, in July, asking if she could address the crowd from the stage. She says she never heard back. Eventually the city's Recreation and Parks Department got involved to act as an intermediary, but told told her Another Planet wouldn't even let her distribute pamphlets inside the festival, she says. Evans claims she was told the crowd might think the murder had just happened and panic.

The event producers were not available for comment Friday. The receptionist at Another Planet, Sasha Welkom, only knew for certain that Evans called last week. "We did take the call [from Evans], and my heart went out to her. It's a horrible thing." 

But Evans thought of her strategy earlier this month when a plane flew a banner over the Southern California beach aimed at embarrassing a former NBA star reading "Reggie Miller Stop Pursuing Married Women." Evans says the same company, Arnold Aerial Advertising, gave her a good price for her stunt.

Evans also plans to hand out some 300 fliers right outside the entrance, and Rec and Park agreed to put more at their Sunday Streets booth inside the event. Evans says the department has been very supportive, and even gave her the number of an employee to call if anyone gives her grief about offering fliers outside the festival.  

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