Saturday, May 29, 2010

Ghostbike for Constance Holden

Ghostbike at the corner of 12th Street and New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC. It was placed by the Washington Area Bicycle Association in memory of cyclist Constance Holden, 68, who was killed in a collision with a truck April 13, 2010.

and the Washington Post.
The cyclist killed in Monday's deadly crash with a military truck was identified yesterday as Constance Holden, a writer and an artist. She was a frequent bike commuter.

All day long, beneath the windows of her building, motorcades of black sport-utility vehicles carrying presidents and prime ministers to and from a nuclear summit had been passing on New York Avenue, escorted by police cars and motorcycles with lights flashing and sirens screaming. City dump trucks and military vehicles had been used all day to block intersections against suicide bombers.

Two DC National Guard trucks were being rolled into position by a guide wearing a yellow reflective vest. A witness said Holden heeded a warning to step back toward the curb.

The second truck hit her.

Four people, one in military uniform, a traffic control officer, and two civilians, rushed to her side and called for help.

A DC police spokesman said it has not been determined whether the driver or Holden was at fault.

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association placed a white "ghost bike" near where Holden was killed.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Shrine to Dezmine Perkins, 16 years old

This shrine to Dezmine (or Dezmoine) Perkins, 16 years of age, is outside 535 Edgewood Street NE, Washington DC.

About 11:00 PM on May 1st, 2010, young Mr. Perkins was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. According to the Washington Post, his neighbors said that he was a respectful young man who liked playing basketball and football. His aunt shared that he was a good kid, and that this should not have happened.

Peace to his soul and to the hearts of his friends and family.

And may justice reign.

He was killed in the same block as Kenyetta Nicholson-Stanley, also a teenager, who was slain during October 2009. Her shrine is still standing, and kept in good shape.

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