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Volunteers Find a Unique Way to Honor Baby Cyrus Belt

By Leland Kim

KAIMUKI (KHNL) -- More than a week after baby Cyrus Belt dies, mourners continue to gather at the bridge overpass where he died.

As people leave behind stuffed animals and other tokens of affection, the Miller Street overpass has become an overgrown shrine. But a group of volunteers found a unique way to pay tribute to baby Cyrus.

Each day, more and more balloons, flowers, toys and stuffed animals, but take a look now. Everything is neat and tidy, thanks to a group of unsuspecting volunteers.

Mike Panzo and his buddies belong to a motorcycle club. Besides having a passion for bikes, they're also proud parents. So when baby Cyrus Belt was killed, the tragedy impacted the group.

"You kind of go into this horrific state where you kind of imagine if it was your children, which probably spurned us on to take on this task," said Panzo, president of the Oahu chapter of Rock and Roll Motorcycle Club.

So the guys from the motorcycle club bagged up trash, and even trimmed back overgrown brush, turning what used to be clutter into a cleaned up memorial. The transformation is night and day.

"Make it look better," said Alan Fernandez, a member of the motorcycle club. "Turn something positive from something tragic."

They've also cleaned up surrounding areas, cleaning up debris and painting over graffiti covered walls.

The volunteers come from all over the island, and even the state. Fernandez flew over from Wailuku, Maui.

"I don't know how it doesn't touch someone," he said. "Something like this is hard to believe."

Even young volunteers pitched in to help.

"We're painting, moving trash around, just cleaning up the area," said Brittany Panzo, a 12-year-old volunteer. "Arranging the flowers to what was good to what was bad."

They say they're happy they're making a difference.

"It feels pretty good because normally I don't get that much props for doing something like this," said Joshua Panzo, an 11-year-old volunteer and Brittany's younger brother. "It's fun doing things hands on. Like I actually got to do something."

They say this is their way of honoring and remembering baby Cyrus Belt.

"God bless you and we're all going to miss you," said Fernandez.

Department of Transportation employees came out Saturday afternoon to clean things up, but by that time, most of the work had already been done by the volunteers with the Rock and Roll Motorcycle Club.

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