A memorial service for Lowell Hawthorne, the late Christian founder and CEO of the Bronx-based fast-food chain Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, who took his life last Saturday, is expected to take place at the sprawling Brooklyn campus of the Christian Cultural Center on Dec. 19.
Steven Clarke, Hawthorne’s nephew and spokesman for Golden Krust, confirmed the memorial date with The Christian Post on Tuesday, noting that a more formal announcement would be made on Wednesday.
A wake is expected to take place at the Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon on Monday, Dec. 18. A candlelight vigil in the businessman’s honor is also set for 3–8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 1381 East Gun Hill Road in the Bronx, the first Golden Krust restaurant opened by Hawthorne and his family in 1989.
Hawthorne, 57, stunned family members and supporters in his native Jamaica and New York City when he fatally shot himself on Saturday, allegedly over a looming tax probe by the federal government.
At about 5:10 p.m. on Saturday, the New York Police Department said Hawthorne was found dead in his office at the company factory located at 3958 Park Avenue in the Claremont neighborhood.
He was found on the floor of his office with a single bullet wound to his head and a handgun nearby, according to the New York Post. Surveillance video is also said to show Hawthorne shooting himself in the head. Detectives also found a note with Hawthorne’s body but did not make the contents of the note public, The New York Times said.
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Source: Christian Post