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Natomas library honoring slain woman who ‘selflessly gave of herself to her community’

Library director talks about slain employee Amber Clark

Sacramento Public Library Director Rivkah Sass talks about slain employee Amber Clark after murder suspect Ronald Seay was arraigned at the Sacramento County Main Jail on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018.
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Sacramento Public Library Director Rivkah Sass talks about slain employee Amber Clark after murder suspect Ronald Seay was arraigned at the Sacramento County Main Jail on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018.

Sacramento leaders are dedicating and renaming a section of the North Natomas Library in recognition of the librarian who was fatally shot in the library’s parking lot last December.

City Councilwoman Angelique Ashby announced that the library’s “Teen Space” will be named in honor of Amber Fawn Wooton-Clark. The recognition will be made official at the beginning of Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.

Clark, 41, died Dec. 12. She was found dead in an apparent ambush-style shooting in her car outside the Natomas library, reportedly shot at point-blank range by a masked man.

Library Director Rivkah Sass additionally plans to set up a memorial fund in Clark’s name, intended to extend accessibility programming at the library, as well as commissioning an art piece in Clark’s honor, according to a news release from Ashby’s office. Sass at a press conference in December said Clark was an advocate for the special needs community.

The suspect in the shooting, Ronald Seay, reportedly was issued a no-trespass order at the library property after causing a disturbance Oct. 13, according to Sacramento Bee coverage.

Missouri law enforcement officials told The Bee in December that Seay had a history of causing disturbances at libraries and making threats toward librarians in the St. Louis area.

Steve Fontana, a Sacramento police officer who helped locate and arrest Seay the following day, will additionally be recognized during Tuesday’s council meeting.

Clark worked as an educator in Oklahoma before joining the Sacramento Public Library in 2015, where she worked in Florin, North Highlands and Natomas branches.

Her husband, Kelly Clark, previously told The Bee in an emailed statement: “She selflessly gave of herself to her community.”

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Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.


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