In Memoriam Sher Kung: Sharp legal mind…warm and witty soul.

The past week or so I’ve been focused on the start of school for our little one (kindergarten, so this is all new to me!) and the piles of priorities at the office.  So, when I heard about another cyclist who was killed in Seattle, I didn’t catch the name. But tonight I pieced things together when I saw an old photo of Sher Kung on Seattle Times with the headline, “Dead cyclist was new mom, well-regarded attorney.”  Held my breath for a moment. Read on, not wanting to believe what I was reading. Then, I finally understood why a beloved friend had posted a wonderful photo of her and Sher pictured here.

Sher Kung with friend Nika. Sher was killed when riding her bike in the infamous 2nd Avenue corridor.

Sher Kung with friend Nika. Sher was killed when riding her bike in the infamous 2nd Avenue corridor.

Four years ago, I met Sher through Nika over pizza and beers. We hit it off instantly. She made me laugh with her sharp wit and similar politics.

Sher was 31 when she lost her life. I’m really at a loss for words. My main purpose here is to pay a small tribute to a warm, wise, and bright woman.

Sher had her entire life in front of her. She had already done so much at the ACLU, challenging the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, then at Perkins as a litigator.

To Sher’s family and closest friends: My deepest sympathies go to you.  To those of you who did not know her, please remember to stay safe especially when riding your bike in Seattle. Please also consider donating, after reading this story on The Stranger.

Rest in peace, dear Sher.

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