Memorials honoring slain West Side residents are being ordered removed by Ald. Jason Ervin, who says they’re not a good look for the community.
Medill News Service reporter Julia O’Donoghue reports in the Austin Weekly News that city sanitation workers have been making a special effort to take down the public shrines, including two on Kildare, that honor a woman killed in fall 2011.
Here’s a video AustinTalks put together last month of the two memorials at Kildare and Wilcox and Kildare and Monroe.
Twenty-eighth Ward Ald. Ervin says he ordered the action at the request of local residents.
Some of the memorials feature empty liquor bottles, which is “not a good look for the community,” Ervin told our partners at the Austin Weekly News. “Memorializing someone with a bottle of Patron is not the best way to honor them.”
The alderman expects the memorials to reappear; still he said it’s important for them to be removed: “These are memorials to the past, and we are moving forward to a brightly lit future.”
It’s not clear what friends and family members of the murder victims think of removing the memorials.
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