Cortes Lakes father: daughter's roadside memorial vandalized

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Ayeesha's bronze cross is now missing. (Courtesy: Lloyd Day) Ayeesha's bronze cross is now missing. (Courtesy: Lloyd Day)
Ayeesha Day (Courtesy: Lloyd Day) Ayeesha Day (Courtesy: Lloyd Day)

A roadside memorial for a Mayer High School teen may have been the target of metal thieves, according to the girl's family.

Ayeesha Day, 16, was killed in a car crash on Jan. 16. Ayeesha's father, Lloyd Day, said her roadside memorial was wrecked twice since the wreck. Both memorials were made by the girl's friends.

"They made the wooden cross and put it in the ground," her father said. "We'd put flowers all around it."

Day says the original cross was destroyed by a car that ran it over on the side of the road.

Weeks later, another memorial was built for Ayeesha: a bronze cross made by Mayer High School students.

"You couldn't help but see it," Day said. "I see the flowers and I see the cross, I feel good."

That "good" feeling lasted for months every time Day passed by his daughter's memorial. Then recently, he noticed the cross went missing.

"I cried," Day said. "My eyes still, you know, I'm still sad."

The bronze cross was the centerpiece of Ayeesha's memorial and now, it's gone. Day believes it was stolen but he's holding onto hope that one day he will see it again.

"At the moment, my heart is broken but I have to keep going on," Day said. "I have to stay strong."

Day contacted the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office and filed a report. He said it's worth more than metal to him and hopes someone with a kind heart might return it.

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