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Andy Lopez Memorial Torched: Community will Rebuild
· Andy Lopez Memorial Site Burns
· We will Rebuild on Saturday at 11am
More information about Justice for Andy Lopez Cruz! [http://northbaycopwatch.blogspot.com/2013/10/justice-for-andy-lopez-cruz-santa-rosa.html]
Sometime in the dark hours of Jan. 2nd the Andy Lopez Memorial Site in Santa Rosa at Moorland and West Robles burned to the ground. The fire was extinguished at 1a.m. Thursday morning by the Rincon Valley Fire Department.
Dara Rae McCuistion, leader of Mothers in White who are planning to demonstrate at the Sonoma County Supervisors meeting at 1:30 on Tuesday, said, “It’s shocking. Just yesterday with a group of Andy’s Youth, I attended the 5-year anniversary of Oscar Grant’s death. Today I woke up to news that the Andy Lopez Memorial had burned to the ground. Let it be know, whether in Oakland or Santa Rosa, Justice loving people will not be intimidated or discouraged. We plan to rebuild the Memorial this Saturday and will not rest till there is Justice for Andy’s murder!”
California Fire, Sonoma County Fire, with a sniffer machine, and Rincon Valley Fire Department are on the scene. Community members from the predominantly Latino Moreland neighborhood have gathered at the site all morning demanding answers. “They better issue an investigation report and do it very soon. If this was arson – we want the guilty party prosecuted!” said one neighbor.
Already, many of the neighborhood youth have gathered at the burned out Memorial working on rebuilding it. “We will sweep the ashes to the side and construct a larger, more prominent Memorial. Andy was one of us and we will never forget him. He was just a kid and did not have to die. His memory will not die.” Said a leader of Andy’s Youth.
"Andy Lopez Memorial has been burned" video posted 2014-01-02 by "Dad of ORB" [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atzM6ckZfUU]: Some time early this morning on the second day of 2014 Andy Lopez Memorial has been burned. I have no other words for this. (Comment from "Justice for ALONI": It looks like it was vandalism to me. Wood is broken, pictures are missing, and things are everywhere.)