Friends and family of Leonel Birrueta protest at intersection where he was killed in Kennewick

People stand with signs in memory of Leo

KENNEWICK, Wash. — On Aug. 21, 2018 Leonel ‘Leo’ Birrueta was hit by a drunk driver near the intersection of Edison Street and Clearwater Avenue.

This Saturday, over two years later, friends and family stood with signs in his memory at the same intersection.

Some of the signs said “Leo’s Life Matters” while others protested against drunk and impaired driving.

“He was a very kind and humble man and we’re out here to remember him, to bring awareness to drunk driving,” Birrueta’s cousin Anna Paz said.

The group stood for about an hour, holding the signs and talking to passerby. According to Paz a lot of people who stopped to chat also had been affected by drunk driving.

A few signs showed the family’s frustration with the court system, one saying “…waiting 4 justice since Aug. 2018” at the end. According to Paz, the trial was pushed back yet again.

“It’s just hard because you want some type of closure and so far we’re not getting any,” Paz said, “It’s been delayed twice and we just want it to come to a close.”