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December 30, 2017



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Seriously people?  Who died here?  This memorial popped up out of nowhere on Friday, May 10 on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Huntley Drive.  There’s no name, no photo, no letter explaining the cause of death and nothing was mentioned over the WeHo wire about anyone being killed by a car or murdered on the street.  The memorial is still up two weeks later.  Somebody is clearly still lighting candles, but WHO ARE THESE CANDLES FOR???

I’m tripping out because whatever went down, it happened the previous night on May 9.  Believe it or not, I happened to be on that same corner waiting for my partner to pick my ass up that previous night.  I guy in flip flops was leaning against a railing in front of the My 12 Step Store parking lot.  I remember this guy because he looks so much like my ex Eric, it’s scary.  Anyway, he’s leaning.  I’m standing.  The next thing I know, I hear a crazy–I’m talkin’ INSANE skinny twink queen screaming at the top of his lungs up Huntly Dr.  I remember distinctly hearing that twaked out queen screeching, “You!  Yes YOU!  Don’t walk away from me! I’m going to kill you!”  He was harassing some guy who turned the corner on Santa Monica Blvd.  The guy was walking at a fast pace to get away.  I got the impression that they didn’t know each other—oh yeah, the skinny queen was holding a giant bottle of wine or Champagne.  That bitch was fucked up.  Shortly after, my partner picked me up and that was that.  The guy in flip flops was still leaning against the railing when I left that corner.

The next morning, I faced the memorial.  People on the street did a double take, but they kept stepping.


I posted the photo on Facebook to see if I could get any leads, but nothing.  It wasn’t the little old man that was killed by a bus on Santa Monica Blvd, because that happened further west, in front of Trunks bar.  It wasn’t that bus driver that was shot and killed a year ago this month on Santa Monica Blvd, because that happened further east, across the street from the Ramada Plaza.  It wasn’t the young guy that killed himself by jumping in front of a car almost a year ago, because that was on Santa Monica Blvd, closer to Doheny.  And it wasn’t the man that was found dead that same day, May 10th, because he croaked on Halloway Dr, further north of Santa Monica Blvd.

I’m DYING to know who died on that damn corner of Santa Monica and Huntley!!!  Flip Flops guy?  Scary Skinny Twink? Or Random Guy trying to get away from Scary Skinny Twink?  None of the above?

So this is where it gets weird.  Somebody put a card next to the candles.  After seeing that card every time I passed by, I decided I couldn’t take it anymore; I ripped that envelope open when no one was looking.  But that card raised more questions than gave answers.  The tone gave the indication that someone was taken too young and that he will be missed … like he died very recently, it didn’t give any hints that this was a memorial for someone being remembered after dying a while back.  Then a teddy bear manifested between the candles one night.  Why does this teddy bear have a Santa Claus hat on? Did this young person die over the holidays?  So damn weird.

Anyway … you’re reading this here in case there’s any question.  If somebody ever guns me down on Santa Monica Blvd, there had better be a mountain of flowers with a giant portrait and a plaque hammered to the closest tree explaining EXACTLY what happened.  People deserve answers!

But in all seriousness … and morbid curiosity aside, whoever passed away on that corner was clearly loved and is dearly missed.

May he rest in peace.




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About Paulo Murillo,

Paulo has been writing for the gay media for over 16 years. He made his debut as a columnist for FAB! Newspaper. He has written for LA Health News, IN Los Angeles, Frontiers and The Fight Magazine. He has been featured in The Bay Area Reporter, XY Magazine, Bay Windows, Windy Times, and Press Pass Q, He has been quoted in the pages of Edge Magazine, Gay & Lesbian Times, Seattle Gay News, Fuges, and in a shitload of online news outlets and blogs, thanks in large part to Rex Wocker’s Quote on Quote – Wockner Wire.

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