Some Independence residents not happy with graffiti associated with crash that killed two teen boys

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- A local school is trying to clean up some graffiti related to Monday's fatal accident along 291-Highway at Salisbury Road.

It is not uncommon for those mourning the loss of loved ones to create make shift memorials where wrecks happen, but the problem some people in Independence have is what surrounds the memorial.

Those in the area are complaining about the messages written on the concrete up and down the street and graffiti at a nearby school.

"This CRIME is beyond ridiculous and the clean up will take away funding that could have went to other things for all the students!" Facebook user Jamie Goldesberry said in a post on FOX 4's Facebook wall. "I understand grieving and processing but this is not an example of how that should be done!"

It is unclear why Cler-Mont Elementary School was picked. It is approximately two miles from the scene of the accident. FOX 4's Rob Collins reports there is graffiti all the way around the school property on the bricks. The school has not commented on the graffiti.

Michael Smith
Michael Smith

The crash happened at about 4:20 a.m., Monday at Highway 291 Salisbury Road in Independence. Police say the teens hit a pole and the vehicle overturned at Salisbury Road. The vehicle then caught on fire. Michael Smith, 17, and Anthony Dunlap, 19, both died.  Two other teenage male passengers were taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries. Family said Smith was going to be a new father in a couple of months.

From the GoFundMe account set up for one of the victims.
From the GoFundMe account set up for one of the victims.

FOX 4 first reported in an exclusive report that the car of teens was pulled over an hour before the crash by an Excelsior Springs police officer. However, Dunlap, the teens' designated driver, passed the field sobriety test and breathalizer. Police say he was cooperative and told the officer he would turn on the child locks so his friends would not hang out the car windows.

Family of one of the teens in the car say the teens had left a party in Excelsior Springs and were headed to Independence.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help pay for Smith’s funeral.

Anthony Dunlap's family has also created a GoFundMe Page, saying, "Anything helps."

Lanterns were released at the vigil for Michael Smith. His mother and girlfriend were touched by all his friends who showed up to support them and remember him.
Lanterns were released at the vigil for Michael Smith. His mother and girlfriend were touched by all his friends who showed up to support them and remember him.

 

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