By David Schultz
Nearly half of the city council is gathered at a cathedral in downtown D.C. to honor and remember Desi Deschaine. Deschaine died this summer at the age of 30 after falling off a boat near Baltimore.
Mary Ann Floto worked with Deschaine in former Mayor Anthony Williams' office, and she says he was a well-known figure at City Hall. "He just loved being in the center of things and being political and working on everyone's campaign," says Floto. "He loved it. He thrived on it."
Deschaine's body was buried months ago in his home town, but his friends in the D.C. government, friends like Marie Rudolph, felt there needed to be a ceremony here. "I think this gives the city an opportunity to say goodbye and have some closure," says Rudolph.
Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton also attended this afternoon's ceremony, along with several former Council members.