Volusia family fights to keep roadside memorial

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – A New Smyrna Beach family is fighting to keep an 8-year-old makeshift memorial who some residents say has been there way too long.

"I miss him every time I look in the mirror," said Kiven Sasowski.

A memorial and a few pictures are all that 27-year-old Kiven Sasowski has left after a drunk driver killed his identical twin brother, Christopher, on Jan. 25, 2007.

"My stomach has never felt the same since that night. Someway, I knew a part of me had been taken," he said.

A day after the accident, Sasowski's family created the decorative shrine and it's been growing ever since. But Sasowski said some residents are now ready for it to be gone and claimed one woman approached his mother about it on New Year's Eve.

"Just that it shouldn't be a public display. It's what graveyards are for. It's been down our throats long enough," said Sasowski.

He even said some are ready to sign a petition to have it removed.

"It's mindboggling how somebody could want to just destroy it," said Sasowski.

Sasowski said his family is having a service on Jan. 25, to remember his brother and he plans on creating his own petition to keep the memorial there.

"Anybody that comes that night just go ahead and sign it right on location, right here," he said.

He hopes the family will get enough support to continue keeping his brother's memory alive.

News 6 called and left messages for those who want the shrine to be removed but have not yet heard back.

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