Say a prayer for Arthur

The Eastsider ran a post in July about the death of 61-year-old Arthur Cisneros, who was often seen hanging out, as well as drinking, near an Echo Park mini mall. His large suitcase on wheels was usually parked nearby. An Echo Park resident named Jennifer had befriended Cisneros and had tried to find his family after he was admitted to St. Vincent’s Medical Center, where Cisneros died on July 24. Jennifer encountered several other persons who had gotten to know Cisneros over the years, and his family was eventually tracked down. On Tuesday morning, St. Vincent’s will hold a memorial mass for Cisneros and other patients who have died at the hospital in the past three month, said Jennifer in an email. She said anyone who knew Cisneros is welcome:

“Judging from the people who emailed me after you did the post about him in July – it seems like there are people in the neighborhood, from different phases of his life – who cared about him and were upset about hearing about his death. Since he seems to have had so many friendships and acquaintances in the neighborhood … I feel like it’s ok to go out there with the information. I feel as if this is a matter for friends and neighbors of Echo Park to know about.”

The mass will be held on Tuesday, October 27 at 11:30 AM in the chapel at St. Vincent Medical Center at the corner of Third and Alvarado streets.

Photo of a sidewalk memorial to Cisneros/Echo Park Now

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