CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2001 |
When she's lonely, Edelira Pineda visits an empty lot just across from Echo Park lake. There, at the dusty parcel surrounded by a chain-link fence, she communes with the spirit of her husband, Juan Francisco Pineda, 31. He was crushed to death there a year ago when the apartment building in which they lived for eight years collapsed in a terrifying rumble. "I take flowers to him [at the site] when I feel a need to go there," Pineda, 32, says in Spanish.