Community Members Remember Fallen Friends, Family Members

December 26, 2017 10:03 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- During a holiday season when most people spend time with their families, several Rochester residents spent Sunday afternoon remembering those who can no longer attend holiday gatherings.

The group held a vigil near Slattery Park to remember those lost to addiction, cancer, and others have taken too soon.


"I feel that loved ones and friends are not here today and this is the day that we can honor them," organizer Charles Johnson said.

Johnson read off the names of those whose photos lined the curb: "We out here with Lois, we got Darren, we got Kairo Sotelo, we got Freddie Mac, we got Michelle and Roxanne."

But this curb has special meaning to Johnson.

"My best friend, my brother Kairo Sotelo, he was dropped off here in 2013," he said. "He was somewhere else, he had a drug overdose and the two guys dropped him off right here."

So on a holiday dedicated to the birth of Jesus, the group is remembering those who have joined him in a new life. And for Johnson, it also serves as a visual reminder of the dangers of drug use.

"It keeps us in bondage, it keeps us to rebel against God, to rebel against our spouses," he said.



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