By DAVID CORREIA
More than 200 people gathered at the Copper Trailhead in Albuquerque at 6:30 PM on April 2, 2014 and together hiked up to the U-Mound for a candlelight vigil in memory of James “Abba” Boyd
Vigil goers hiked in silence the 200 yards from the trailhead while musicians played music.
Vigil organizer Danny Hernandez welcomed people to the vigil and reminded people that we were here to remember James “Abba” Boyd and honor his life.
Jorge Garcia began the vigil by blowing from a conch, or atecoli, to the four directions.
Ralph DiPalma, a preacher with Albuquerque Street Outreach, talked briefly about James “Abba” Boyd. “Right here, somewhere,” he said “James cried out for mercy and didn’t get any.” He then read from Luke 6:31. “And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.”
Just before sunset some of those in attendance made the pilgrimage up to the rock where Abba was killed by APD officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez.
Vigil goers gathered around the small shrine erected where Abba died. Some added flowers and candles behind a rock cross constructed on the same spot where he’d tried to camp on the night of March 16, 2014. Nearly everyone who hiked up to the rocks noted how beautiful Abba’s spot was.