Memorial service tonight for slain Tacoma woman

A procession of some 50 cars, many from The Lifters hot rod club, will make its way down Tacoma's McKinley Avenue tonight for Lisa Marie Melancon's memorial service at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall.

Melancon, 40, died Thursday night when she was hit by a stray bullet as she stepped out on the porch of her house after calling 911 to report a fight outside on the street.

Tonight’s procession will leave Melancon’s home on South Bell Street just south of 72nd Street South at 6 p.m. and take McKinley Avenue down to the dome for the 7 p.m. memorial, said Melcancon’s brother, Vincent Silva.

The exhibition hall is at 2727 E. D St. Parking will be available in Lot A.

Melancon was a well-known City of Tacoma code enforcement officer who worked closely with neighborhood groups for many years. Her hour-long memorial is expected to attract as many as a 1,000 people.

Mayor Marilyn Strickland will speak along with other friends, co-workers and family.

Viewing will continue from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. today at Mountain View Funeral Home, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W.

Three man have been charged in connection with Melancon’s death. One has surrendered and arrest warrants have been issued for the other two, including the suspected gunman.