January 23, 2008
HD: Miller Street Memorial

Miller Street Memorial from hawaii on Vimeo.

On Jan. 17, 2008, 23-month-old Cyrus Belt was killed when a neighbor threw him from a bridge onto the H-1 freeway. The city of Honolulu was united in grief over the horrific murder of the young boy, whose all-too-brief and troubled life has since become the focus of intense scrutiny and debate.

While some people scramble to assign blame, hundreds of others have quietly convened every day at the spot where Cyrus Belt was killed. While some people are picking apart the people in his life, hundreds of strangers are simply moved by his tragic death, building a remarkable makeshift memorial of flowers, balloons, toys, letters, and other offerings.

The sprawling shrine to the toddler at the Miller Street pedestrian bridge has grown so large, local transportation officials are struggling to balance Honolulu's need to mourn with the safety of nearby residents and passing motorists.

These video clips were recorded on Tuesday, January 22, 2008.

The above is the embedded video player from Vimeo, one of the only online video hosts to serve up HD content. To see the HD video (and not a scaled and compressed Flash version), however, you need to view it at Vimeo or download the original movie file (67MB/1250x720/MP4). It should look great on an Apple TV.

You can also watch this video at YouTube, Google Video, and Blip TV (low quality but fast playing). DivX fans can find this video at Stage6 (in HD). And both MPEG-4 and DivX versions can be downloaded from the Internet Archive.

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Posted by Ryan at 12:02 AM


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