To honor and celebrate the spirit of Miles Hall, the mission of The Miles Hall Foundation is to advocate for individuals and families impacted by mental illness, educate communities to reduce stigma and bias surrounding mental illness, and prevent criminalization and excessive use of force by law enforcement during mental health emergencies
STATEMENT FROM THE HALL FAMILY
On June 2nd 2019, our beautiful son Miles Hall was shot and killed by the Walnut Creek Police.
Because our mental health system is deeply flawed and doesn’t support families whose adult children have mental illness, we had no option but to turn to the police to get Miles help when he was in crisis. We sought out guidance about how to maneuver through this system. We were strategic and deliberate in our efforts to protect and support Miles.
After working with the police for two years to protect Miles during his mental health episodes, the Walnut Creek police responded to our call for help on June 2nd with lethal force. On a sunny afternoon in our quiet neighborhood, the Walnut Creek Police shot and killed Miles within a block from our home before making any efforts to de-escalate the situation.
Miles was ill. He was not a criminal.
Miles should be alive today.
Since his death in June 2019, we have been fighting to create change and protect families from loss like ours. We have recently created The Miles Hall Foundation to continue and expand our work.
We are all connected to someone who is suffering from mental illness. And we all have the power to create change to protect and support them.
We ask you to work with us to create desperately needed change. We cannot do this work without you.
To jumpstart our foundation, please contribute ANY amount to support our work. Consider contributing in honor of the person or persons you’d like to protect.
We will be outlining specific projects in the coming months and you’ll be the first to be notified.
Thank you so much for your generosity.
With your donation, you will bless our family’s work and Miles’ legacy.
With your help, we are without doubt that Miles’ death will not be in vain.
Taun, Alexis and Scott Hall
Miles Anthony Hall was born on February 15, 1996. He was the first born to his proud parents, Scott and Taun Hall. Miles spent the vast majority of his life in Walnut Creek. He attended Parkmead Elementary School, Walnut Creek Intermediate School and graduated from Las Lomas High School as a member of the Class of 2014.
Miles was a brilliant self taught musician who composed beautiful music. He learned to play guitar, piano and crafted eloquent beats on his computer. He also produced music for his friends which helped them express themselves and realize their musical potential. His music was amazing and was a gift to those who heard it.
Miles was often seen riding his beach cruiser bike around his neighborhood and downtown Walnut Creek. He said he loved the feel of the wind blowing on his face and hair. His favorite destinations were Civic Park or Heather Farms where he enjoyed hanging out.
Miles was kind hearted, sweet, and had an infectious smile that would light up a room. He could walk into any room and instantly bond with people and make them feel comfortable. He was gentle, funny, and his playful spirit would constantly make his friends and family laugh. He was a beautiful soul who brought so much joy to his family, friends, and community.
Miles had an inquisitive mind and wanted to know literally everything. The only limit to his questions was the patience of the person he was asking. His inquiring mind was never satisfied. He listened to every response to the questions he asked. However, if he didn't truly believe the response he would research or test the subject on his own until he found his own suitable answers. His friends and family quickly learned they had to answer truthfully, and often "I don't know" was the best you could do.
Family was very important to Miles. He spent many hours reading and discussing the Bible with his grandmother Edi, traveling with his Granny, Auntie, Happy Pappy and Grand Mommy. He spent holidays rough-housing with his cousins. He loved camping and snowboarding with his extended family of friends and neighbors. The most important person in Miles' life was his little sister Alexis. He loved her more than anything in the world and protected her at all costs. She was his best friend and their bond was unbreakable.
Miles suffered from mental illness, an affliction he battled the best he could. Unfortunately Miles lost the battle, but not to mental illness. He lost to the system that failed him. Miles lost his life in order to bring awareness to this growing problem. Mental illness is real and prevalent, but change is coming. Miles' family and friends are determined to bring about this change.
Miles left this earth on June 2, 2019.