LANCASTER – Family members are holding a memorial service this Sunday to celebrate the life of Stephen Finson, the Lancaster man shot to death recently while out for a desert ride on his all-terrain vehicle.
The event starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9 at a private residence, located at 7361 East Avenue H in Lancaster. The service is open to the public.
“We would like to have as many people here at the service as possible… to show how much he was a loved person in this community,” stated Stephen’s daughter, Rachelle Finson.
During the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 23, Finson went for a ride on his all-terrain cycle, but failed to return home. Worried family members reported Finson missing, and authorities combed the desert for the 47-year-old.
Finson was found shot to death near his vehicle around 8:58 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24 in the 13300 block of East Avenue H in Lancaster.
Homicide detectives are still investigating the mystery surrounding Finson’s death, and no suspects were in custody as of Tuesday.
“As his daughter, all I want is closure, and we won’t have that until we know they have the right person in custody,” stated Rachelle Finson.
Stephen L. Finson’s obituary*
Steve is survived by his father, Murray Finson; wife, Kimberley; son, Devin; daughter, Rachelle and her fiancé, Christopher Twomey; sister, Wendee; half-sister, Donna Futrell; niece, Amber; nephew, Andrew; sister-in-law, Erica Aberle; niece, Keisha; and many, many well-loved friends. Steve was preceded in death by his mother, Tamara, and brother, Jon Finson.
Steve was a devoted company man and certified arborist for 20 years. He also served in the Navy for four years. Steve enjoyed Dodgers baseball and Vin Scully. In fact, baseball was his life, from watching his kids play little league, to coaching, to watching his son play college ball.
He adored his wife and family; and he enjoyed spending time talking with friends, riding his ATC and watching the sunset.
*Obituary information provided by Rachelle Finson.
UPDATED 4/16/14: The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is offering a $10,000 reward in exchange for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for Finson’s murder. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact homicide investigators Q. Rodriguez and Robert Martindale at 323-890-5500.
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