Who tampered with a roadside memorial?
On 4th of July this year, a young woman was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Buffalo, New York. Her family constructed a shrine for her at the site. I find it interesting that the local news (WIVB-TV) chose to focus this spot on the impropriety of tampering with a memorial. While other news coverage I’ve found that deals with shrines tends to use the shrine as the hook to catch readers’/viewers’ attention and then changing the focus to the cause of death, this clip actually features the shrine as the main subject. Although the controversy about shrines and their placement is mentioned in the clip, the clip does seem to favor the idea that it is not appropriate to deface/remove/or tamper with a shrine. I’m curious about this relatively recent interest in memorialization and shrines and their sacred place in public space–why now, I wonder?