A public memorial service has been announced in the name of Darius Porter who on Oct. 21 died after running into I-5 traffic.
The service for Porter, who played basketball for Temescal Canyon High School during his time at the Lake Elsinore campus, will be held Oct. 30 at Lesneski Mortuary, 640 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, Calif., at 2 p.m.
A website has been established to raise funds for Porter's family, with a donation goal of $3,000 to pay for the service and and related costs. At press time, $2,469 have been donated, according to the website.
Heidi Conner, who created the website post for Porter, wrote:
"Darius leaves behind 2 sisters and 2 brothers. As the family attempts to move through this tragedy, we ask for your help in expenses which will go directly to funeral costs, days lost of work and related expenses the family is incurring.... He will be terribly missed always. We Loved and adored him. He was always patient, kind and a gentle giant. Everybody Loved Fro."
Last year, Porter played small forward for Irvine Valley College's Lasers basketball team, where he was listed as a freshman. Before that he attended Temescal Canyon High School in Lake Elsinore.
At the time of his death, the Orange County coroner's office listed Porter's city of residence as Mission Viejo.