A memorial service for Matthew Frank, the local photographer and news gatherer known as SLOStringer, is set to be held Wednesday.
The service, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Mountainbrook Church at 1775 Calle Joaquin in San Luis Obispo. Attendees also are invited to a barbecue at the Madonna Inn Expo Center afterward.
Frank, who chased breaking news across the Central Coast, died Tuesday in a crash north of the Cuesta Grade while driving to respond to a house fire in Atascadero. Since then, community members and public officials have lamented the 30-year-old’s death in hundreds of Facebook and Twitter posts and with an outpouring of donations in his name.
A memorial GoFundMe page set up in honor of Frank had garnered more than $17,500 in donations as of Sunday afternoon.
U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal also paid tribute to Frank in a brief speech on the House floor in Washington, D.C., on Friday.
“(He) was a respected journalist, a businessman and an advocate for public safety who will be missed for his contributions to the first-responder community and residents of San Luis Obispo County,” Carbajal said.
There will also be a candlelight vigil and motorcycle ride on April 5 to celebrate Frank’s life. The ride will begin at 5:30 p.m. from SikMoto and end at a to-be-determined location, where a candlelight vigil will take place, according to the Facebook event page.