By Buna Poeng
In the early morning of Sept. 9th, Malakai Malikh Michael Lowe passed away due to a seizure he experienced while sleeping.
Malakai was a senior at Oakland High School, player on the baseball team, and part of the Environmental Science Academy (ESA). Popular amongst his teachers and peers, Malakai was a beloved member of the Oakland High community.
¨Malakai embodied the Oakland High spirit,” said ESA English teacher Christopher Johnston in a message to staff. “He was an invaluable member of the ESA community, a lead photographer for the yearbook class, and the starting shortstop on the baseball team. More than that he was generous, outgoing, filled with school spirit and always ready with a joke and a smile.¨
Being a senior at Oakland High, Malakai was getting ready to apply for college and take the next step in his life.
¨While Malakai was anxious and nervous about the college process, he was overall excited about being able to play baseball and move away to pursue a career as an athletic trainer,” said a short biography included in the invitation to a Celebration of Life scheduled for Sept. 16 in Simi Valley, Calif.
It was a sad moment, and day, for the Oakland High community when Malakai´s passing was announced schoolwide. For those who were close to Malakai, either as a teacher or friend, it was a hard time to be at school.
Oakland High will hold a memorial celebration and baseball game on the field after school on Wednesday, Sept. 13.
The ESA senior class established a GoFundMe page for donations to help cover the costs of funeral expenses.