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Memorial park

  • 11/17/2013:A8: ROOM TO PLAY: Residents from the surrounding neighborhood have brought playground toys into the vacant lot where Andy Lopez was shot and killed Oct. 22 by a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy. Juana Rojas, who lives across West Robles Avenue from the site, says a park would strengthen the community.

    PC: People have brought playground toys into the field where a memorial stands at the site where 13-year-old Andy Lopez was shot and killed on October 22 by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputy Erick Gelhaus while walking with a BB gun along Moorland Avenue, in Santa Rosa on Friday, November 15, 2013. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

EDITOR: If a memorial park is built, how about dedicating it to both Andy Lopez and Frank Trejo, the deputy sheriff who was gunned down while protecting the citizens of Sonoma County? I think that might keep it as a memorial of love and remembrance and protect it from being a park of resentment.

At present, the memorial on Highway 12 to Trejo has only a park bench and a flag pole, with two flags that are so faded you can hardly tell them apart. Surely we should do better than that.

Or maybe, better yet, it could be a memorial to all of the people in Sonoma County who have died from violence of any kind. A wall with their names, a reminder that world peace starts here at home.

S.D. REICHARDT

<i>Sebastopol</i>


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