Events planned in response to homicide

KINGFIELD — A memorial walk and community safety forum are planned in response to the apparent murder of a Kingfield man found dead Sept. 13 in South Minneapolis.

Mark Loesch will be remembered with a memorial walk and bicycle ride Wednesday, starting at 6:30 p.m. in Martin Luther King Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S.

The husband and father of four left his home on a bicycle ride the night of Sept. 12 and never returned. Loesch’s body was found lying on a lawn on the 3700 block of Elliot Avenue South the next morning.

The memorial walk and ride will attempt to retrace Loesch’s path that night, leaving from the park and crossing Interstate 35W at the 40th Street pedestrian bridge. The walk will continue to the 3700 block of Elliot Avenue South, where residents of the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood plan to join the group.

The round trip is about two-and-a-half miles. Participants are encouraged to bring flowers in memory of Loesch and to carry candles or flashlights on the walk.

The community safety forum is 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m. Monday at Park Avenue Methodist Church, 3400 Park Ave. S.

Minneapolis police personnel — including Third Precinct Inspector Lucy Gerold and Lt. Amelia Huffman, head of the homicide unit — will be on hand to answer community questions.