ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It was a roadside memorial to a loved one, but the family said the Descanso they left on the side of the road was destroyed.
Kathrina McAfee said visiting her daughter is different now.
“We would come here and we would find comfort just knowing this is where she took her last breaths,” said McAfee.
The Descanso marked the spot where 41-year-old Deedra Fredericks’ body was found after a hit and run in June.
“There was crosses, angels, flowers, her cross of course with her name and date,” said McAfee.
But in August, McAfee came to visit her daughter and her memorial was missing.
“Everything had been removed,” said McAfee. “It was gone.”
Devastated, she decided to get to the bottom of it. She eventually spoke with landscapers at a nearby neighborhood.
“One of the gentlemen told me that he had orders from the property management there on the property to remove it,” said McAffee.
McAfee said she found out the Descanso was on the neighborhood’s private property. She then contacted La Chamisal Norte HOA.
“I did go down and I talked to one of the managers and she told me she got permission to remove it, she didn’t give me a reason why,” said McAfee. “I asked her where my daughter’s things were and she said she didn’t know and closed the door.”
KRQE News 13 contacted the neighborhood’s HOA president and she told us she didn’t know what happened to the Descanso. She added that there were discussions about it, but to contact the HOA secretary for more answers.
“They could’ve left a message for the family saying they disapproved of it and wanted it removed,” said McAfee.
McAfee said she just wants her daughter’s stuff back, but assumes it was thrown away.
“It was just disbelief that somebody would just take it upon themselves to remove this,” said McAfee.
There is a law that protects roadside memorials, but only if they’re on public property.
No one’s been arrested for the hit and run.