January 10, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

Descansos is the term given to the spontaneous memorials that appear at the site of an accident or tragedy. I’ve called the sites Suddenly Sacred and blogged a number of times about their importance. In our neighborhood, there’s one site in particular that has become quite a landmark. Near the corner of Airport Boulevard and MLK is a well-tended site that changes every season with new decorations. Today, I finally got to meet the family responsible for this special place.

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I was fortunate to see the Vasquez family as they were preparing for their annual gathering on Erica’s birthday, January 12. Erica’ mother and nephew were kind enough to share their thoughts with me. I couldn’t express any better the significance of keeping this site in all our memories.