evidence of Losoya’s innocence, as well as additional evidence he was not a Nuestra Familia member. NCIP was just weeks away from filing a petition for writ of habeas corpus on Losoya’s behalf when we were notified that Losoya had succumbed to Valley Fever at Corcoran State Prison. Though this was not the resolution NCIP so fiercely worked toward, NCIP continues to pursue justice for Losoya through a posthumous pardon by Governor Brown.
On September 3, 2015, NCIP held a memorial service for David Losoya at the Mission Santa Clara de Asis. More than 70 family members, friends and supporters gathered to pay tribute to his life. Most family members and friends had not seen Losoya since his conviction in 1978. In the words of Michael Zampelli, SJ, who presided over the service, “We will stand accountable for all that we do (and don’t do) in the pursuit of justice, and there is never an excuse for us to render people invisible, to wear away their dignity, or to stand by idly when they are literally thrown away.”