Candles, flowers and a mystery on an Echo Park sidewalk

A vase of dried carnations and a pair of devotional candles bearing the image of guardian angels appears to be one of the memorials that pop up on Echo Park sidewalks in the wake of  fatal  shootings or other tragedy. But who is this memorial, which appeared earlier this month near Ewing Street and Preston Avenue, supposed to honor? The neighbors as well as police are not sure. It all started when a resident returned from an out-of-town trip at the beginning of the month to find a short trail of what looked like blood stains on a narrow sidewalk. Then, three days later, the candles and flowers appeared on the stained sidewalk near a bed of ice plant.  The neighbors were unaware of any crime, the resident said via email. “Perhaps the victim might of walked up …  after the incident because no one heard anything.”

Lt. Teresa Gutierrez with the LAPD Northeast Division said there were no violent crimes reported at or near the location.  She said detectives looked into whether the memorial was related to a crime that took place in the nearby Rampart Division or marked the anniversary of a shooting. Officers also checked to see if the memorial was related to a traffic accident. Nothing turned up, Gutierrez said.  “Nobody has any clues as to why it’s there.”


  1. the memorial could be for a pet or animal?

  2. Yeah – that was my first thought. Squirrel that maybe got hit but managed to get itself out of the street and onto the sidewalk? Some people are compassionate to all beings.

  3. Maybe somebody just dropped some flowers and candles on their way home from the store.

  4. I need a squirrel leash to keep em away from traps I set to catch apples at night. Anyone know one? I got squirrel pets tied up all ways here in the yard, only three or five of em ever getting out to go gamble at night. Come right back though, got stew made every day and lamb sausages for throwing at the ditches they live in. And you KNOW they LOOOOOVE that!

  5. Sounds like what the curb looked like when the coyotes got my cat — short sray of bright red arterial blood in a small area. That’s what I would think from that description. Or hit by a car. And someone who loved that cat wants to memorialize him/her since they can’t bury what the coyotes dragged off to their lair.

  6. Could someone please direct @Joan to a local open mike night?

  7. I was guessing an animal felled by a coyote, too. Surprised that the police couldn’t figure that out.

  8. @bommbala hahahaha. i was thinking THE SAME thing when i read that.

  9. Or maybe someone was murdered there years ago. Or possibly a rape attack that dates back from a few yrs ago to a hundread.. maybe its better that we never find the answer to this mystery…

  10. Stop bothering us with flimflam, 12345.

  11. Some one was devistated enough to leave flowers and candles?

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