Someone on Susan Street Really Does Not Want Memorial to Crash Victim Luis Adrian Torres

Categories: Bat Shit Nuts, TV

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R.I.P.
Luis Adrian Torres was laid to rest Tuesday, but someone really does not want the makeshift memorial to the 19-year-old killed in a June 16 car crash on Costa Mesa's Susan Street.

First, it was an unidentified woman who demanded the memorial's removal. After an outcry from Torres' family, Susan Street residents and the homeowners association, the memorial returned--only to have flowers, a Bible and mementos stolen some time Sunday.

The original memorial went up in the hours after Torres was identified as the victim in the fatal early morning accident. A woman who claimed to be from the homeowners association told Monica Soto to take down the memorial on Tuesday, June 18, explaining it was on a median that is private property.

The stranger threatened to call police, and sure enough, an officer from the Costa Mesa force arrived to politely ask Monica Soto, other relatives of the dead teen and his friends to remove the items from the base of the tree on Susan Street near Sunflower Avenue.

But other Susan Street residents interviewed by television news reporters said they had no problems with the memorial. The homeowners association board and the neighborhood's Irvine-based management company, Keystone Pacific Property Management, said neither had directed anyone to have the display removed.

The Soto family received permission Saturday to put the memorial back up, and it once again became a gathering place for the teen's friends and loved ones.

Then came the thefts a day later.

"I lost my son," a crying Monica Soto told KNBC/Channel 4. "Those are his things. Just return them, no questions asked."

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21 comments
Jeff Hernandez
Jeff Hernandez

Being shot and dying in a hospital is not natural.

Mark N Deb Fjelstad
Mark N Deb Fjelstad

Depends on how they died, if the hospital's roof fell on them you would if they die naturally no.

Silvia Diaz
Silvia Diaz

Wow. This unidentified woman seriously needs to get a life. How is a memorial bothering her or interfering with her life? Let this family grieve as they wish. Very, very sad.

Jeff Hernandez
Jeff Hernandez

Expressing one's opinion doesn't negate its value either.

Rebekah Marie
Rebekah Marie

Not odd. An expression of grief and a way to heal. Just because you find them odd does not negate their value.

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

I think people are just fukin racist against other peoples cultures. A few flowers and candles next to a tree dont hurt anyone. Costa mesa is fucked up and racist.

grvz5247
grvz5247

I think people are just fukin racist against other peoples cultures. A few flowers and candles next to a tree dont hurt anyone. Costa mesa is fucked up and racist.

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

A few candles and flowers dont hurt anyone. I dont know why some people have to be so fucked up.

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

I'm sure other people would find things that you do odd.

Alexandra Dreyer
Alexandra Dreyer

For gosh sakes, don't people have other things they could be worried about??? Go pick up some litter and leave this grieving family alone.

Jo Koeklee
Jo Koeklee

everyone grieves differently. i don't get into it but some people need to acknowledge that something big happened instead of ignoring it and going on about their regular lives.

lonhall
lonhall

"And the greatest of these is love" was Jesus' response when asked about the law of God. Love includes sharing the pain that others are undergoing, providing support and encouragement. I don't think makeshift memorials are a problem. I am so grateful that I live in Irvine, where a makeshift memorial to our service personnel who have given their lives in the (in my opinion mis-guided) military assaults in Iraq and Afghanistan has now become a permanent memorial financed by the city. Let us come around those who are suffering and give them love and support them and not attack them on petty issues.

Jeff Hernandez
Jeff Hernandez

I find these memorials odd. You don't go to a hospital where someone has died and set up a memorial there, do you?

Redron
Redron

My respects to the deceased, surviving family and friends, but the cemetery is the more appropriate location for these mementos and gatherings.

m.e.
m.e.

these only stay up a week or two.. i dont understand why anyone would complain over something so important for a family that is only up for a short time :(

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

The brilliance of another Orange County police department on display.

Heck of a job Costa Mesa PD. Some lying dummy makes a demand and they obey.

Debaser7
Debaser7

At what point should the mini-shrine be dismantled?  Can anyone sufferring a loss in a public place or on a public road be allowed to erect their own monument on that public land?  Does a family's personal sorrow trump everything else?  I say one month and then clean it up or relocate it to your own front yard.

grvz5247
grvz5247

@Debaser7 Your fucked up. puting up a candle and flowers next to a tree for a while is not hurting anyone.

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