Spokesman's Death Still a Mystery

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    TK
    NBC Bay Area

    The family of Vallejo City Unified  School District spokesman Jason Hodge has announced funeral plans.

    The well-known figure in Bay Area education died unexpectedly over the weekend at the young age of 34.

    A memorial service will be held Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Center of  Hope Community Church in Oakland.   His funeral is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. at Old Path Miracle Church of  God in Vallejo.  The public is welcome at both services.

    What caused his death is still a mystery.  His family said he suffered from no known illness.

    An autopsy found no signs of trauma or foul play.  The exact cause won't be known until toxicology results are available in two weeks.

    Hodge has been in the public eye since he was 21 years old and became the youngest member ever to win a seat on the Oakland School Board.  At his death he was the spokesman for the Vallejo school district, which has been in the news latetly due to a budget crisis.

    He was found unconscious by his mother after police called her to report Hodge's alarm had been activated at his home in Oakland.

    He never regained consciousness and died early Sunday morning.

    Hodge's aunt, Shirley Powell, said he had dinner with his sister and his mother Friday night.  His family is shocked and saddened by his death.

    They have established the Jason Hodge Scholarship Fund at  Skyline High School in Oakland, P.O. Box 5100, Oakland, CA, 94605.