Spray-painted memorials irks neighbors

Tagging done in honor of murder victim; victim’s parents ask for it to stop

Author: Matt Rivers, Video Journalist, mrivers@ksat.com
Published On: Jan 28 2013 05:36:23 PM CST
SAN ANTONIO -

The parents of murder victim Roger Rodriguez Jr. asked those spray-painting graffiti in his honor to stop Monday, after residents nearby expressed concern.

Rodriguez, 17, was killed during an argument on the 9800 block of Alexa last week. Police have arrested Franco Summers, 21, in the teen’s murder

A vigil was held for Rodriguez on Saturday, and afterwards, neighbors noticed graffiti popping up on sidewalks, fences, storm drains, and the sign on the entrance to the subdivision.

Most of it said "RIP Sik M."

"Sik M" was Rodriguez’s nickname.

Friends said that Rodriguez was a talented graffiti artist himself, but his parents said he never damaged any private property.

Neighbors whose property was damaged understood the need for memorializing the young man, but said damaging property was the wrong way to do it.

“It just makes the neighborhood look really bad,” said Moe Bailey, a longtime resident of the area. “I feel bad for him but it’s not the right way to remember him.”

Rodriguez's parents agreed.

“We just ask that everyone show a little more respect,” said Eloy Guevara, the victim’s father. “Thank you for remembering my son but please stop tagging all over the place.”