Memorial service, reception held for Cate Fisher

Police report some progress in investigation

A memorial service for Catherine (Cate) Fisher, 19, of Menlo Park, who died after being shot in East Palo Alto, was held Friday, July 22, at Temple Beth-El in San Mateo.

A reception followed at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center in Menlo Park.

One question surrounding her death is why she was at the site of the shooting at 2 a.m.

East Palo Alto police said Catherine Fisher was shot July 13 while sitting in a vehicle with a man and another woman at 2:12 a.m. in the 2500 block of Annapolis Street east of Bay Road in East Palo Alto.

She was taken to Stanford Hospital where she died from her injuries. The vehicle's other occupants were unharmed, police said.

Her father, Jonathan Fisher, said July 21 that he has been told by the girl who was driving the car, Cate's best friend, that they were just dropping off a "third person, some guy" when the incident happened. "Cate was not into drugs at all," said her father, who wished to dispel rumors that this might have been the reason she was there.

Acting Captain Jeff Liu of the East Palo Alto Police Department said July 21 that there has been some progress in the case but nothing to report yet in terms of a suspect.

Wanted to teach math

Cate Fisher graduated in 2009 from Menlo-Atherton High School and from the Canada College "middle college" program that allows students to earn college credits while getting a high school diploma, her father said. She had just transferred to Cal State East Bay and needed another year and a half to graduate. "She was going to teach math to high school students," he said.

The young woman also loved teaching gymnastics for the city of Menlo Park, her father said.

"She was such an amazing person," he said. A memorial notice "doesn't really capture the great essence that was Cate. She was beautiful, vibrant, strong-willed, hard-headed."

Pearce Wagner, her supervisor at the gymnastics center, said she started working there in the 2008-09 school year, while she was still in high school.

"She was a hard worker and a great employee," he said. "She worked well with the children, who all loved her. She was always willing to help; I could call her up and she'd always be there with a smile on her face."

Gymnastics program staff ask that people write memories or condolences in a book for Cate's family at the front desk of the gymnastics center. The center was closed Friday, July 22, to allow staff to attend the services.

In addition to her father, Jonathan Fisher of Belmont, she is survived by her mother, Michelle Sutton of Menlo Park, step-parents Paula Fisher and Mitch Sutton, and four siblings.

The family prefers memorial contributions to Susan G. Komen for the Cure or in the form of becoming organ donors.

Related story: Menlo Park teen dies after shooting


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Posted by local gurl
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jul 25, 2011 at 11:06 am

The police have no leads because the friends and family of the coward who did this live by the EPA Code. Silence above all.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 25, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Where have you been, local gurl? The cops have 3 suspects, one in custody & the info has been posted all over the place - check out this publication. These guys sound very scary.

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Posted by mp
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm

It is devastating that such a good person has been taken from us in such a meaningless way. My son had been taught by her in MP gymnastics and she was a wonderful human being.

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Posted by mother of 5
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 28, 2011 at 8:38 am

why would you let your daughter go out at 2 am to drop off some guy you as a father dont know if it was one of mine they would have been home

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