About 150 MarBorg workers and their families participated in a somber silent candlelight vigil in MarBorg’s yard on the lower Eastside to mark the death of a 26-year-old mechanic who was recently crushed to death between two trash trucks in an industrial accident. Speaking in Spanish, a Catholic priest performed an elaborate blessing of the site where the mechanic, Erik Carillo, was killed and of the trucks that he was crushed between.

In observance of the one-year anniversary of the Goleta postal shootings, post office administrators will hold a memorial for the five slain employees on Tuesday, January 30. The ceremony will include the dedication of olive trees in the victims’ memory. Some family members of the victims have refused to attend. Among other reasons, Sherie Higgins said she objected to the service being held at the site of the murder of her daughter, Maleka. Higgins, who stressed she was not speaking on behalf of any other victims’ families, said she will attend a separate service.

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