A Highland mother whose 22-year-old son was killed by a drunken driver in October 2015 at Third Street and Sterling Avenue has a new reason to grieve: Somebody removed the cross the family erected in his memory.

“We put up a memorial of a beautiful cross, flowers and candles,” Gina Ramirez said in an email. “I light his candle literally EVERY night, unless I'm out of town.”

The cross disappeared between Thursday night and Friday afternoon.

“My family and I are OUTRAGED and hurt,” she said. “How can someone do that?” 

Ramirez found the cross the next day a half a mile away on Third Street. She plans to use cement this time.

Her son, Gilbert Tarin, was killed a month before his 23rd birthday, she said. The driver, a woman, was sentenced to three years in prison, she added.

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