High profile roadside memorial to be removed

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Time hasn't been friendly to a high profile roadside memorial for a missing Glendale girl.

“In time stuff like this happens and it deteriorates a little bit and perhaps it’s time to let it rest. It's sad and unfortunate for those who are offended,” said Lee Culver who works in the area.

It's been a year since Jhessye Shockley, 5, went missing from her apartment, not too far away from the memorial at 45th Avenue and Glendale.

Culver is ready for the memorial to be just a memory, so closure can start.

By the end of the month the city of Glendale is planning on removing it. 

“There is some concern about the safety of the intersection and that corner and the blight that it's created,” said city spokesperson Julie Frisoni.

Some neighbors said it's time to clean up the dirty stuffed animals, faded flowers, plastic bottles and trash that’s been collected over the year.

“It's unfortunate that it's getting dirty and everything. It's been awhile. It's probably time, so she can rest in peace and stuff like that and they can get over this,” said Culver.

The memorial candles burned out a long time ago, but not everyone is ready to see them go.

“They don't like it then come clean it up. Don't take away what's left of a little child,” said Brandi Mottin, who lives nearby.

Frisoni said the city has notified Shockley’s family and they are talking about what to do with the stuffed animals and items that people dropped off for the little girl.

Shockley’s body hasn’t been found.

Her mother, Jerice Hunter, faces murder charges in connection with her daughter’s disappearance.