Pictures courtesy of Elizabeth Patty-Lugo and the Hoffman family unless otherwise noted. I was less than one mile south and about five minutes away from my best friend when she was shot point-blank five times with the gun she was ordered by police to purchase. Rachel Hoffman had been a confidential informant with the Tallahassee […]
About Elizabeth Patty-Lugo
Liza Patty was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. After high school she was awarded a scholarship to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder for music to pursue a bachelor’s degree in tuba performance. During undergraduate school she won numerous performing awards and received many academic accolades. During her freshman year at CU she began work as an at home therapist for children with autism. Passionate about helping others, she continued working as an autism therapist in the Denver area for the remainder of undergraduate school. After graduating with honors, Liza accepted a full graduate teaching assistant to Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida to pursue a master’s degree in music. Liza maintained a very rigorous practicing and performing schedule at FSU, in addition to making the Dean’s List every semester. After receiving a master’s a music in performance in 2008, Liza wanted to fuse her love of music with her love of helping people with developmental disabilities and she decided to continue her education by pursuing a Master’s of Music Therapy at FSU, the premier music therapy program in the world. At the beginning of that degree Liza’s life changed forever when her best friend, Rachel Hoffman, was murdered during a botched police buy/bust operation. It was during that challenging time in her life she began to speak out on a national level about injustice regarding the use of confidential informants. She has been featured on Dateline, 20/20, NORML’s podcast, The Tallahassee Democrat and Cannabis Culture magazine. Today, she lives in Denver, works at a law firm, and continues to play tuba.