Eric William Warner Memorial-Victim of SQ COVID19

On Saturday July 25th, 2020 Eric William Warner became another tragic victim to the COVID-19 outbreak behind America’s prison walls. Family, friends and those who know Eric are saddened by his passing. Eric, as friend’s called him “E” , was born and raised in San Francisco. He grew up in the Excelsior district of San Francisco and attended Balboa High school. Eric loved riding dirt bikes and motocross. He was also a golden glove boxer. Eric loved dogs his whole life. His trade was in dry cleaning where he worked many years. 

Friends who know E from behind the walls of San Quentin say that he was a very kind, caring and generous person. He was a spiritual person, who would often read his devotion every morning, which could be seen displayed in his practical day to day life. He would go out of his way to help others and would not turn down anyone who needed help. He was part of the native Hawaiian Spiritual Group/Dancers and the AAPI Ethnic Studies Group SQR.O.O.T.S.. Spending years behind walls, E understood the hardship it had on families and relationships. Despite the harsh conditions of incarceration, E would continue to write letters of hope and encouragement to his step daughter providing her with insight and pearls of wisdom on life. To his brother, Hank who E was very close with, E would dream of one day traveling the world with him to see the great natural wonders and connect with people. 

Eric will always be remembered by friends and family as a kind and warm hearted person. He was loved by so many and especially those who knew him best. 

Eric William Warner is survived by step daughter Shanti, brother Hank, niece Chloe, nephew William and aunts Norma, Juliet and Concha. 

Please help Eric Warner, a friend, a brother and a father rest easy by donating to help his family pay for funeral expenses.

(San Quentin COVID-19 Background)

COVID-19 has spread widely behind the walls of San Quentin. San Quentin, like many prisons in California, is ill equipped to handle a pandemic, especially due to the prison’s unsanitary conditions, lack of medical resources, and overcrowdedness. 

Before May 31, there were no positive COVID19 cases at San Quentin. On May 31, 121 people were transferred to San Quentin from CIM, a  facility in Chino, California where a deadly COVID-19 outbreak occurred. On the same day of the transfer, CDCR had confirmed the first positive case of  COVID-19 at San Quentin—in the following weeks hundreds of cases sprung up. 

According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) as of July 20, amongst those incarcerated at San Quentin there have been 2,089 COVID-19 confirmed cases and 13 people have alreday died from COVID-19.


Danny Thongsy
Oakland, CA

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