Friday, February 20, 2009

Jaime Herrera - Rest in Peace

Los Angeles 5 North Freeway

On February 18, The Los Angeles Times reported that Jaime Herrera, 25 was struck by a car while running across the 5 freeway. He just finished painting graffiti on a freeway sign. He was pronounced dead on the scene.What alarmed me most about this unfortunate event were the non-stop hateful comments left by readers of this story. Many of the comments were joyful and congratulatory towards the driver of the car for killing the graffiti writer. Here are a few examples:

"good, let the idiots die. I have no sympathy for him or his family. too bad the other tagger wasn't run over."

"Oh well, one less tagger"

"One down... a few more to go. I'm glad..."

"Hooray and good riddance to this graffiti vandal! Probably an illegal alien, too. If so then a double Hooray!"

"Give that driver a prize!"

It is sad that so many have such hatred towards graffiti. People forget that graffiti writers are human beings. Many have given their lives for something they love!

Graffiti is a victimless crime! The Los Angeles freeways are already filthy. Jaime did not hurt anyone with his actions.

We send our condolences to Jaime's friends and family. Rest in Peace!

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

A fallen soldier!

Anonymous said...

it's because the majority of the population is filled with ignorant and prejudice idiots

Anonymous said...

rest in peace jaime herrera. you had a heart of gold. and didnt deserve this. u were loved by many.

anon said...

thanks graffhead for showing respect to my homie jaime... for all of you disrespectful ppl who have no heart, if u had somebody lost you wouldnt want ppl disrespecting that person... you guys dont fckin kno what happen... even the news has it twisted... he didnt deserve this and im asking all of you to show respect for i would do the same... iwas the suposed "survivor"... my best friend jaime had mad heart as well as down for his and his homies no matter what, no hesitation... it was for the graff... ppl don't kno our life style its something different.. otra cosa.... rest in phame JEBS OCK CBS .... thanks for all those who show respectt... i really appreciate it...

GraffHead said...

Anon – I appreciate you leaving a comment about your friend. If you or anyone has pictures of Jamie's work, please send them in. It would be great to remember him by his work!

Send pictures to: one@graffhead.com Thanks!

BRAINZ said...

R.I.P. JEBZ OCK

Thank you for writing this article. I was a close friend of Jaime and it saddened me to hear that people were leaving such hateful comments. Jaime was an incredible human being. He was a great and kind friend with a very big heart. What happened was an unfortunate accident. He had many friends who after his death did everything they could to raise the money to give him a proper farewell. Thank you for your respect and making it clear that Jaime was a person with a life and family and friends who had absolute love for him.

WE FUCKING LOVE YOU, JEBZ, AND WE'LL ALWAYS MISS YOU.

Anonymous said...

R.I.P.JEBS YOU WILL BE MISSED AND NEVER 4GOTTEN HE ALWAYS MADE US SMILE AND HE ALWAYS HAD A SMILE.HE WOULD NEVER DISRESPECT ANYONE SO PLEASE DONT DISRESPECT MY HOMIE..........JEBS OCKING....

GraffHead said...

Brainz - Thanks for your comment about Jaime. My condolences!

Anonymous said...

I hope this wasn't Jaime from Santa Barbara! Jaime, you're fantastic. How sad.....

Anonymous said...

ReSt.In.PeAcE

JeBs LoKs...O.c.k


SiCk.....

Anonymous said...

RIP JEBZ MAD LOVE FROM THE CHERRY HILL OCK

Anonymous said...

rest in phame homie ock beyond our dying day!!!!
CHERRY HILL OCK

Anonymous said...

Rest in God's hands Jaime, I leave the rest to Him, God bless your family and all your homies even though I never chilled or painted with you im still part of the Ock Family. Hope to see you in Heaven. Our Crew is Known 'IRUS'.

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