By CRAIG GARRETT
Arcadia started the healing for three lost brothers on Friday. Groundbreaking for a city pocket park honors Marcus, Kiani and Kemaren Clark, the boys’ lives cut short in 2017. They were visiting a grandfather and died when the man’s home was set on fire. The grandfather and another adult escaped. The alleged arsonist waits in jail. Her trial is next year.
But Friday’s dedication of the Clark Brothers Memorial Park put that mindless crime aside, gave the city a communitywide celebration of brothers remembered for their closeness and the pursuit of play. Construction begins in September and should finish quickly. There will be kid equipment and benches for older folks to rest.
The brothers’ grandfather on Friday remembered them like ducks, following to the store and through the neighborhood. And not for anything in particular, just to be with someone they loved and to feel the joy of family, said Arnold Mele, talking with a smile in the present tense, the pain clear when he stopped to change an “is” to a “was” in his thoughts of the youngest brother, who was 4.
A prayer, a chamber and mayor’s welcoming, a mother’s thankfulness, ceremonial shovels and lots of hugs gave a sad event the boost a community suffering such a great loss needed.