An Albuquerque family has been healing, slowly but surely, after their loved one was killed in a crash. Now, just as one of the suspects in his death appeared in court, someone has vandalized his gravesite.
“Some days are good. Some days are bad,” says Serena Blea.
Blea says the death of her nephew, D’Markus Blea, has been incredibly traumatic for her family. “It’s been very rough, very sad,” she says. The 23-year old and his girlfriend were in a car at Eubank and Menaul in October 2017, when they were hit. Police say a group of teens in a stolen Jeep caused the crash while fleeing from police.
“It was terrible. Awful,” says Blea.
On Wednesday, when Blea and her family came to pay her nephew a visit at Sandia Memory Gardens, they were shocked.
“They graffitied all on the top here. They graffitied all on the side. They put a heart and they cut off his face here,” she says. “This was his face. They totally destroyed his face. There’s no face there no more,” she continued.
What’s worse, she says it’s the second time someone has vandalized D’Markus’ resting place. Blea says it’s now especially hard to believe it’s a random act. “I would hate to just come and pinpoint people, but come on. It’s him here and it’s only his,” she says.
On Friday, one of the young men involved in D’Markus’ death appeared in District Court to learn his fate. Quontez Kuvinka was given a break after Judge Cindy Leos ordered him to attend a court program for two years.
Kuvinka tearfully apologized to the Blea family. “I wish it never happened. There is no excuse for my mistakes. I’m sorry,” he said. Blea has a hard time buying it and just wants whoever is responsible for the vandalism to leave her family alone.
“There’s nothing more you can do to this family that you’ve already done. So we’re asking you guys to please, please leave this spot alone. Let him rest,” she says.
The family cleaned up the mess after both incidents. They say they will move D’Markus if this continues to happen. The manager at Sandia Memory Gardens tells KRQE News 13 they are not responsible for any damages caused on their property.