Candlelight Vigil Held for Ironman Statue Fizzles with Low Attendance


March 5, 2023, 1:40 am

By: ABQ RAW staff

Posted: 03/04/2023

A paltry few stand around a makeshift memorial site set up at Lomas and 4th st NW after the “Iron Man” sculpture was smashed by a vehicle after a crash last week.

Downtown Albuquerque – In a Facebook post this past week, people from around New Mexico made verbal or at least posted commitments to attend a candlelight vigil to honor and pay respects to the Iron Man statue at the corner of 4th and Lomas Blvd.

The Facebook event said that over 40 people planned to attend the event but when we arrived only 4 people had actually shown up.

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The event being promoted on Facebook.

The people who showed up were representatives from Guardians of the Children the Rio Grande Chapter. They are a non-profit entity comprised of motorcycle enthusiasts that help children between the ages of 0-17 overcome child abuse by adopting them into their family as “Little Guardians.” Members of the Guardian of the Children (GOC) provide protection and support to the child by escorting them to court and attending school and social events to provide them a safe environment to just be themselves.

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The crash that took out the Iron Man statue on Feb. 27th, 2023.

A few passerbys stopped and paid their respects to the missing Iron Man statue and drivers slowed down to see the impromptu memorial Or they were just curious as to why people were standing around on the corner staring at the ground. There are plans by ownership to put the statue back up and and even add another character. It seems though that until the rebuilt statue is reinstalled people will keep leaving mementos at the makeshift memorial.


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