Memorial for Unarmed Man Slain by Anaheim Police Vandalized by Rival Gang; Grieving Mother Asks for Unity

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Gabriel San Roman / OC Weekly
Manuel Diaz's memorial on Sunday morning
The memorial marking the site where 25-year-old Manuel Diaz was shot and killed by Anaheim police on July 21, 2012 was trashed over the weekend. Gang members from a rival neighborhood vandalized a large banner marking his dates of birth and death. Spray paint covered pictures of Diaz and even framed photographs of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary placed atop a main table.

The incident occurred Saturday night, when residents say a couple of parties took place. After tarnishing the memorial, including throwing a bouquet of flowers to the ground while leaving their gang graffiti on the sidewalk and walls, the guilty cholos took off by car. Gun shots reportedly rang out.

Genevieve Huizar, mother of Manuel Diaz, learned of the memorial's vandalizing Sunday morning after turning her cell phone on to missed calls and messages from the night before.

"I'm very disappointed in what had been done," she says. At first Huizar thought Anaheim police trashed it, given stories she's heard about other memorials being taken down or kicked around by cops. "My mind automatically went to the police, but when I got there, I was hearing different stories that it was another neighborhood that came in."

Huizar took the spray-painted photos of her son home as her husband cleaned them up. They plan to take them back to the memorial soon. She was heartened to hear that a nearby resident put everything back in order, including the scattered flowers, right away that night.

The incident underscored an unwritten story in Anaheim: while gangs claim undue harassment by police, the war between them continues. Instead of any truces or a class consciousness of sorts where cholos realize, as 2pac once rhymed "Love your hood/but recognize and it's all good," rivals leave derisive comments online on stories regarding gang members killed by police, with "Rest in Piss" seemingly a favored taunt. Some even thank APD for doing the job for them--as Bizarro World a compliment as you'll ever find.

"These neighborhoods have to unite," Huizar says. "Without them uniting it's going to continue. If they're not being killed by these killer cops in Anaheim, they're being killed by each other."

As a woman of faith, she forgives those responsible but also emphasizes this: Huizar doesn't want retaliation or escalation for the act.

"It's not worth it. This is what the police want. They want these neighborhoods to stay against each other."

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RachelKnott
RachelKnott

Wow, so surprised to hear a rival gang vandalized the memorial. Did NOT see that coming.

taidodinh
taidodinh

fucken pigs eat shit poop in there face 

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

I feel like a canary in a coal mine filled with the dumbest miners in American history! #orangecounty

jilllee
jilllee

"gangs claim undue harassment by the police" 

booo boo boo. citizens claim undue harassment by the gangs all the time. 

Ruben Diaz
Ruben Diaz

These are some of the stupidest comments I have ever read, from even stupider people. Nothing but pure trolls on here. Unbelievable....

mehicoisnobueno
mehicoisnobueno

if only these mothers would have spent more time raising their kids not to join gangs...so your first thought was to blame the police? nice example you set for your community

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

The desecration of Catholic memorials reminds me of the KKK infested Anaheim PD of 1925 who almost in it's entirety were fired because of their criminal harassment of white German Catholics.

Signed,

Latino Catholic white skinned guy with the first name German

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Bruno or no Bruno. Anaheim PD under Raul Quezada, John Welter, Roger Baker and Randall Gaston engaged/engage in the criminal harassment of residents in Anaheim including this US born American citizen.

Criminal harassment with intent to cause harm.

jeffh1077
jeffh1077

I agree with @jlvargas in placing the blame on gangs. The most telling sign to me is the hat and bandana on the top of the fence to the right. Clearly gang attaire being place on the memorial. How can family members allow this and not be pissed off and taking it down right away. That one picture says everything to me.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Fact: Orange County CA law enforcement uses criminal white and latino gang member types to commit crimes for them. So it's a 50/50 guess whether this act of vandalism was committed by a gang on their own or at the request of law enforcement. If I was asked to bet, my money is on vandalism per criminal cop request,

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

Theres a difference between naming something after someone and building a shrine at a place where someone died. It's morbid.

Lon Hall
Lon Hall

sigh...we are our own worst enemies.

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Cholo Dick: Remembering the deceased where they died is a time-honored tradition of Christianity—deal with it!

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Gary: Be respectful of other readers—only we can insult readers!

jlvargas
jlvargas

I am sorry for your loss and it's terrible that they did this to your memorial. Put the blame where it lies, your son made the conscious choice to join a gang. He only knows why he felt that he needed to be apart of the gang and sadly you will never know why. I hope that one day you will find peace and stop placing the blame on others. I will continue to pray for you and your family.

Robert Robert
Robert Robert

Ok, No More Memorials for anyone. No More Naming Highways, Freeways , Libraries, Bridges,let them RIP at the Cemetary!

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

Pay the respects at the place where his body lays, presumably in the ground at a cemetery. Or, better yet, understand that his soul has left it's physical form and visit him in your mind, or on a walk on the beach. It is absolutely morbid to gather where someone died, and frankly, it's for retards.

Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper

Get a shave would you .. your five o'clock shadow is showing again .. hahahaha

hitman_martinelli
hitman_martinelli

Poor misguided fools! Gangs fighting gangs isn't just what the cops want, It's also what all law abiding citizens want too! What a better place this country would be if they all killed each other! No love lost!!

Shannon Tiare
Shannon Tiare

Nice to see people from my county showing their asses in this thread. Stay racist and stupid, OC white dudes.

Shannon Tiare
Shannon Tiare

So are all white guys in Orange County this racist and stupid?

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Thanks for making my point. Both groups are indistinguishable. And your assumption that this Latino man is a gang member is just flat out racist. Boo Hoo.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

If only the mothers of many an Orange County, CA cop/deputy had taught their childen enough kindness to prevent them from growing up to be bullying sociopaths with a worse set of ethics than Bernie Madoff - at least that man never tried to physically kill one of his victims in order to keep his trailer trash fraud of a life going.

Nohollow
Nohollow

All cops are criminals just like all Catholics are pedophiles. Pull your pants up German, mass is not till Sunday

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

Steve SanFlippo - Do you try to be an annoying idiot or does it just come naturally?

jlvargas
jlvargas

Why must you name call, be respectful and an adult!

jlvargas
jlvargas

Its a place for a MOTHER to grieve, you do not need to name call. Be an adult!

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@hitman_martinelli  

The big problem is they don't just kill each other. What angers me the most about gang violence is that innocent people get caught in the crossfire.:-(

nancmarlow
nancmarlow

HAY.....NOT ALL WHITE ASSZ ARE RACISTS...IM WHITE AS FKN SNOW.....AN MAD AS HELL AT THIS SHIT GOIN DOWN>>> HEAR ME PLEASE!!

hitman_martinelli
hitman_martinelli

@Shannon, Stupid? NO! You might have to go down south for that lol! Shannon, don't kid yourself, your racist too! Everyone is! Difference between us "OC white dudes"? we only hate gang members! Of any Color! Now if that's your definition of racist? Fuhhhgetabouuuut it!

hitman_martinelli
hitman_martinelli

@18usc241, The difference is, next time you need help? call a gang member!

jilllee
jilllee

I'll invite a cop into my home anytime, not a gang member. 

hitman_martinelli
hitman_martinelli

@18usc241 What about mothers not raising their children to be gang members! Maybe we won't have so many psycho cops to counter the violent varmints!

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Blah blah blah + straw man = boring

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Another Orange County blogger paved the way for the disrespect of Catholic memorial sites in Anaheim. In Anaheim, they are partying like it's 1925.

hitman_martinelli
hitman_martinelli

Yeah, I know, collateral damage is hard to accept. Why are they such lousy shots?! They don't work! U would think they would target practice in their living room during the day to get ready for some drive bys at night!

nancmarlow
nancmarlow

@hitman_martinelli haaa  STUPID!!! ...now I got ur attention,YOU ARE ALSO A FKN GANG MEMBER YOU SHABBY ASS PIG!!!.....SNORT THIS WID UR PINKY........your hate consumes your time completely on here,you spend HOURS ragin... than spank the monkey over reading back to yourself....BAAAAHHHHAAAAA...;{}""'

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

That's right. If we can't be allowed to act like marauding life destroying morons then don't call us when you require assistance. Even though your tax dollars fund us.

Law enforcement - the honorable profession. So honorable that you can commit felonies as Sheriff be in a Colorado federal prison and still collect your 20K per month pension. Do me a favor and remove that "protect and serve" grafitti you've painted on your vehicles.

hitman_martinelli
hitman_martinelli

@18usc241, We aren't misogynist, Love women!! We just had enough with the wrong or not ready people having children they can't control!

Personally, I have a skill and make 6 figures at it, not sure what a skill or lack of has to do with bullying? We just want gangs outlawed!

Hey, the way your such a cop hater (Is that being a bully?) less or no gangs means less cops! Jump on our bandwagon!

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

No one is arguing that there aren't incompetent parents in the world who contribute to the delinquency of their kids. But for any racist / misogynist mostly male moron to assume that these mothers instantly qualify without knowing them personally is sick sick sick.

By the way, to the mostly misogynist male morons, have you noticed how you pick on mothers with ZERO mention of fathers? Patently obvious caca!

Learn a skill and you'll feel better about yourselves with the accompanying non-desire to bully people.

hitman_martinelli
hitman_martinelli

@fishwithoutbicycle LOL! Yeah sometimes I think colleges should offer classes on Broken English/incoherent rants. It would be nice to understand Idiotism (If there is no such word? It is now lol).

hitman_martinelli
hitman_martinelli

@fishwithoutbicycle, Good job! I believe you are right. I thought I needed to get out my Urban dictionary and get up to date!

hitman_martinelli
hitman_martinelli

@fishwithoutbicycle..........Do you want to decipher nancmarlow's comment?, or is it my turn?

My God, get off the net and get an education then come back and talk to us! We would appreciate you explaining the errors in our ways! But you need to learn how to articulate first! Thank you and good luck.

hitman_martinelli
hitman_martinelli

@fishwithoutbicyle LOL!! Bro! You got my vote on that proposal!!

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@hitman_martinelli  

Seriously. I mean why don't they just find their target and wait for an opportunity to pop a cap in his/her ass without spraying bullets everywhere?

hitman_martinelli
hitman_martinelli

@nancmarlow, You and I both!! But the venting at scum does make spanking the monkey a helluva lot more gratifying! lol!!! Down with gang members!!........Of all colors! Including rogue cops!!

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