Brittany Currier and Darius Thomas, 11-28-2004. Their names are obscured by the flowers hung here, but the love that lives on for them is not. The descansos so well cared for, it seems as if they were built yesterday. 14 years later, colors bright, fresh white paint, grass cleared so that all items laid there for their journey is visible. These young people, 19 when they passed away, were killed in 2004.
I was able to find an old photograph of their obituary in the Farmington Daily Times. Somewhat difficult to read, part of their story is there. Darius was from Hogback, NM in the Navajo Nation. and Brittany from Kirtland, NM outside of Farmington. In 2000 it’s population was 6190. The loss of their young souls must have had a huge impact in their tiny communities. Both were attending New Mexico State University. Based on the side of Highway 550 these descansos are on, I’m guessing they were on their own way home from school but never arrived.
Now begins the search for their families and with hope, to learn their stories as well. “I depart as air, I shake my white locks at the runaway sun,
I effuse my flesh in eddies, and drift it in lacy jags.
I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,
If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.
You will hardly know who I am or what I mean,
But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,
And filter and fibre your blood.
Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged,
Missing me one place search another,
I stop somewhere waiting for you.” ~Walt Whitman, Song of Myself. 1892
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