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Motorcycle club cleans up memorial site

Michael Panzo Michael Panzo
Joshua Panzo Joshua Panzo
23-month-old Cyrus Belt died when he was thrown off a pedestrian bridge into H-1 traffic in January 2008 23-month-old Cyrus Belt died when he was thrown off a pedestrian bridge into H-1 traffic in January 2008

By Roger Mari - bio | email

(HONOLULU) KHNL - It's been one year since the tragic death of baby Cyrus Belt who was thrown from a freeway overpass.

One organization helps to keep his memory alive.

They're called the Rock & Roll Motorcycle Club and their focus is helping children. Members were out at the Miller Street Pedestrian Bridge to clean up the memorial site of baby Cyrus in preparation of Saturday night's candlelight vigil.

A year ago at the Miller Street Pedestrian Bridge flowers, lei, and toys were placed at the site where 23-month-old Cyrus belt was thrown to his death. A year later, graffiti, debris and weeds cover the area.

"We heard there was going to be a candlelight vigil tonight so we thought we'd follow through and clean up the site like we did last year," said Rock & Roll Motorcycle Club member Michael Panzo

For Michael Panzo, one year isn't long enough to erase the memories of what happened here at the Miller Street Pedestrian Bridge.

"As a single parent of four, I can't imagine what it would be like to lose one of my own in such a tragic manner, leaving a child in somebody else's care only to have that life snuffed out over drugs," said Michael Panzo

As a community struggles to make sense of what happened, some gain comfort in helping to keep the spirit of baby Cyrus alive by beautifying the place he spent the last few moments of his life.

"I just wanted to pay my respects to this young guy, to the little man and because I know how I would feel if my baby cousin died that is about his age," said Rock & Roll Motorcycle Club member Joshua Panzo.

Members of the Rock & Roll Motorcycle Club do their best to prepare for the candlelight vigil. But in the end, nothing can cover the scars this tragedy has left on the community.

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