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Family Again to Honor Daughter’s Spirit with Meals at Longmont’s OUR Center

November 18, 2018

Premila Lal's cousin, Anita Prasad, refills drinks while volunteering in November 2013 at the OUR Center's Hospitality Center in Longmont. The Lal family will be serving free lunches to the homeless for a fifth consecutive year on Tuesday.

Premila Lal was going to pick up dinner for her mom one night in Longmont when she walked out of the restaurant and saw a homeless man sitting on the corner. Instead of simply ignoring him as most teenagers would do, she stopped and gave him the meal meant for her and her mother.

That’s just the kind of person she was, according to friends and family.

“She was always trying to give stuff for people,” her cousin Anita Prasad, said.

Unfortunately, in 2013 , at just 18 years old, Premila was accidentally shot and killed when she jumped out of a closet to try and scare her brother and his friend, Nerrek Galley, as a prank.

Every year since, on her birthday, Premila’s family honors her memory by providing a free meal at the OUR Center in Longmont. Tuesdaymarks the fifth anniversary of their charity work. Premila would have been 23 years old.

“I know a lot of parents who have lost a kid,” Premila’s dad, Praveen Lal , said. “Just think how many meals could be given out for free if they all did this to honor their kid’s memory. They don’t always have to open a foundation to make a difference.”

This year Premila’s mom will help the OUR Center’s staff by serving roughly 175 lunches of baked chicken with fresh vegetables, fruit, and dessert from 11:30 until 2:00 p.m .

“It’s so sad what happened,” Rick Reiten, the food services manager at the OUR Center, said. “But we make it a celebration of her life with a really wonderful meal. It really is a special occasion, we look forward to seeing the Lals every year.”

John Spina: 303-473-1389, jspina@times-call.com or twitter.com/jsspina24

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