Claudia Zentmyer, however, wants to take these memorials offline, and is tentatively planning to hold a memorial service at Hahamonga Watershed Park on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1:30 p.m.
“I knew him slightly, just over the years, and he was a part of our community, and really wanted to honor him,” said Zentmyer. “We were just going to invite anyone in the community and have a time for people to say a few memories.”
Zentmyer said that she, along with some friends from the La Cañada Presbyterian Church, had planned the memorial service when they were told by police that no family had been reached after Barrios’ death.
When Barrios’ brother, Erik Chavez, came forward to Patch, Zentmyer said she was unsure as to whether the memorial would proceed as planned. She said she had plans to speak with Chavez later today to determine what the family’s wishes were about the memorial service.
“Before I knew there was family, I felt like… people needed a place to come together as a community and say, ‘This person was a part of our community and we remember him,’” said Zentmyer.
Zentmyer said that plans for the service, one way or the other, should be finalized Friday. Either way, the community’s reaction to Barrios’ death has been something to see, said Zentmyer.
Zentmyer said she wasn’t sure why Barrios’ death had struck such a chord in the community, but that he definitely made an impact on La Cañadans who met him.
“I think people had a sense of responsibility for him, but also of him touching their lives in some way,” said Zentmyer. “He actually did bless me a couple times, I mean literally, when I gave him food.”