Cara Golias Graffiti Memorial

Graffiti memorial under the railroad bridge at mile ~15 of yesterday's Bull Run Run, of a tragic teen suicide in September 2014:

According to the Washington Post article "Family struggles to explain girl's death, among 3 teen suicides in Fairfax since Sept.":

On a sunlit day in June, Cara Lynn Golias joined a group of friends at their secret swimming hole in Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, splashing into the water from a rope swing tied to a railroad trestle.

Cara and her friends, who called themselves the "Naughty Nine," relaxed beneath the bridge over Virginia's Bull Run, smiling for a group photo with their toes in the silty shallows.

It was "perfect," she later tweeted, and by all accounts a carefree afternoon for a 16-year-old with a bright future. Cara, a star cross-country runner, had earned the grand prize at a regional science fair for her microbiology research on E. coli, and she made all A's as a Fairfax High School junior, her father said.

But on Sept. 28, for reasons still unknown to her family, Cara returned to the place she treasured most, slipping into the woods near Manassas Park and hanging herself from the railroad bridge. ...

... so sad.

(cf. Memorial Day (2002-05-28), RossHollandMemorialAward (2003-02-15), Lincoln Memorial (2004-01-06), Rock Creek Trail Miles 10 to 14 (2006-07-10), Marble Steps (2008-11-06), 2014-04-01 - East Austin Loop (2014-05-12), 2014-04-06 - Big Loop with Amy, Courtney, and Stephanie (2014-05-18), ...) - ^z - 2016-04-10