On Aug. 7, 2004, my sister, Frances Ochoa, lost her life at the corner of Lakeview and Friant when someone ran a red light. She was killed instantly. Frances was only 56 years old. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and such a beautiful person.
In November 2006, we put up a beautiful white cross in memory of Frances. At times while visiting there, people from the neighborhood would compliment us on the cross. Once a man walking his dog stopped and said that he always said a prayer for Frances.
On March 10, someone tore down my sister's beautiful cross and took her flowers. We think it was done between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Whoever did it isn't hurting my sister; they hurt the ones she left behind.
This won't stop us from putting up another cross. That cross was a symbol to us that Frances was last alive there and lost her life in just seconds. She is missed dearly every day.