“He was a good dad”

Robert Hong took this really touching photo near the intersection of Lincoln and Washington in Pasadena following a car accident Monday night that killed two men and critically injured a third.

Here’s an excerpt from Hong’s story:


PASADENA – Vyleece Goudeau and her 11-month-old son walked slowly Tuesday morning through shattered glass strewn along the north side of West Washington Boulevard, near Lincoln Avenue.

At that spot hours earlier, a car crash claimed the life of Goudeau’s boyfriend, James Valentine, 21, and another man.

With tears flowing down her cheeks, Goudeau took a piece of chalk and wrote out the words, “We love you dad” on the pavement.

“I will always love him,” Goudeau said. “He was a good dad. I’m going to miss him, and I will never forget him.”

Her boyfriend, known to his friends as “Kenny,” and another man, whose name was not released on Tuesday by police, were killed in the 9:45 p.m. crash Monday night.

A third man, Delenor Griffin, 27, of Pasadena remained in critical condition.

“It was such a short life,” said Valentine’s aunt, Karen McPheeters, one of many relatives and friends who showed up to place memorials and pay their respects.

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