Vigil for Jose

(Above) Jose Mendoza's sister Roxanne, 14 (top left), brother Alberto, 9, mother Ada and her boyfriend Ricardo Juarez hold vigil Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, at the site of accident that killed Mendoza early Monday along Cottage Grove Avenue SE. The driver of the car has been charged with vehicular homicide.

Situations like this are so hard to cover without feeling somewhat like a vulture (or at least worrying that's what people are thinking). I just do what I can do be respectful, shoot sparingly, avoid the bright lights of the TV cameras, listen as people share their memories -- with friends, with strangers, with me -- and hope my photos do justice to those gathered and those they're remembering.