City Shannon Harps, RIP
posted by January 27 at 10:54 AMon
Now that the man who killed Shannon Harps has been arrested—I’m leaving off the “allegedly,” as the man has reportedly confessed to the police—I can walk past the sidewalk memorial to Harps without aching for Harps… and looking over my shoulder. Now comes the tricky part: With the murderer behind bars and Harps’ spirit, if she (or anyone) has one, hopefully a bit more at peace, it’s probably time to remove the street memorial. I’m sure the person trying to sell a condo in Harps’ building is anxious to see the memorial—which still includes some flowers I put there the day after the murder—gone.
But how? And when? In the light of day? In the middle of the night? And who removes it? A janitor? Harps’ friends? Does someone say a few words? And how do you toss the component parts of a street memorial—candles, flowers, notes—in the trash without seeming disrespectful to Harps? Is there a protocol here? Or do we gather everything up and move it to the sight of the most current random slaying on Capitol Hill?