After two years of pandemic delay, the family of a 22-year-old Newbury Park High School alumnus shot dead in San Francisco is finally holding a public celebration of his life.
Courtney Brousseau, a 2015 graduate who worked for Twitter after studying at UC Berkeley, was a bystander struck in a car by a shooting in San Francisco’s Mission District on May 2, 2020. He died of his injuries three days later.
Brousseau’s family did not hold a public memorial service for two years because of COVID-19 pandemic, but with the low number of cases and the large number of vaccinated, they decided it was time.
“It was too late… to finally be able to do that, to hear stories about him,” said Yvon Brousseau, his older brother. “We never had that.”
the memorial is scheduled for Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.at Newbury Park High, 456 North Reino Rd., Thousand Oaks.
“We’d love to see everyone Courtney cares about there, people whose lives he touched or who touched hers,” Brousseau said. “Thousand Oaks meant a lot to him.”
His brother had a passion for civic issues, especially public transit, and was a master of networking who “knew everyone, knew who to talk to and knew how to get things done,” he said. “He really believed in people speaking up.”
At Newbury Park High, Courtney Brousseau served as co-editor of the high school newspaper, the Panther Prowler, valedictorian, member of the Thousand Oaks Youth Commission, and leader of the YMCA Youth & Government of California program.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, the Brousseau family is asking for donations from one of the three memorial funds: a scholarship created by the non-profit organization California Youth & Government, a fund to help the San Francisco Bike Coalition build memorials in his honor and a scholarship for students at Newbury Park High.
Isaiah Murtaugh covers education for the Ventura County Star. He can be reached at [email protected]