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.
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.
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.
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