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Zac's Altar




They keep handing out awards for local scribes--and as you probably know, local scribes pat themselves on the back quite a bit while handing them out.

But it has now been a year-and-a-half since the saddest day of so many lives, and despite all these awards-hungry scribes in town, one of the saddest stories of the past two years still remains largely untold.

No, we still don't have a scribe in town who has mustered enough curiosity and fortitude to tell the full tale of what happened the night unarmed, much loved, and squeaky-clean Granada High honor student Zac Champommier was shot and killed by Sheriff's deputies and a DEA agent in a dark parking lot behind Mexicali on Ventura Boulevard.

Nor has there been much progress towards a settlement in Zac's case.

Nor has Sheriff Baca--otherwise under so much scrutiny for behavior towards prisoners by awards-seeking scribes--been subjected to media scrutiny for the way his department has handled this particular matter.

In short, nothing much has happened in the past year, when my associate Debbie Cortez Lopez built this Dia De Los Muertos altar for Zac.

Maybe it was a gesture hopeful of magic, or maybe it was a labor of love. So let us revisit the day, the photo, the altar, the grief once more, in the hope that a meaningful step towards Justice for Zac might unfold before yet another Dia De Los Muertos comes around again.

EARLIER:

Zac Champommier remembrance planned for Friday

Champommier inquiry barely underway

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