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Carolina’s Rose

This monument is in honor of my friend Carolina Perez, who died as a result of a car accident on February 22, 2012. She was a passenger in a car with two of my other friends when a drunk driver t-boned them at the intersection of East Canal Street and 2nd Street in Richmond, Virginia at 12:37 a.m. Carolina died in the ER two hours later. The location of the monument is suspended above the right transept of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, where Carolina often prayed the rosary in front of the statue of the Virgin Mary. The Cathedral was an important place to her; it was like her second home. It was here that I met her, it was here that our friendship developed, and it was the last place I saw her a few hours before she died early on Wednesday morning. But as Carolina always liked to say, “Everything happens for a reason.” I like to think just as her life had a lot of purpose, so did her death. To Carolina, we love and miss you.