Heartless thugs stole a ‘Ghost Bike’ in Burnaby. It’s been replaced

Burnaby resident Charles Masala was killed after being struck by a suspected drunk driver. Since then, people have been leaving flowers and photos, as well as building tiny rock formations.

But the most touching tribute was a bicycle that had been painted white, with the colours of the flag of Zambia – where Masala, a father of two, was originally from before making Canada his permanent home – added to it. There was also a tiny Canadian flag attached to symbolize the country he loved to call home.

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It’s called a “Ghost Bike” and not long after being chained to a post on Burnaby Mountain near where he died, some thug or thugs cut the chain and stole this tribute.

Just heartless.

As I wrote previously, it made me immensely ashamed of the community I call home.

Now, another Ghost Bike has appeared. This time, Masala’s friends have found a way to bolt it to the post to try and keep thieves from taking it.

I don’t even get why anyone would steal it because, as one of Masala’s friends told me, it’s been dismantled in a way that you can’t actually ride it.

I don’t expect that vandals read my blog, but if they did I would tell them to find something light in your dark soul so you’ll leave this Ghost Bike alone.

Follow Chris Campbell on Twitter @shinebox44.

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