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Family upset after memorial cross vanishes from side of highway

OKLAHOMA CITY – A family’s tribute to a late Oklahoma City fireman vanished without a trace Friday.

Josh Kidd died in a tragic car accident three months ago.

On Memorial Day, his mother and father set up a cross on the side of the highway where he died.

Three days later, it was gone.

“This belongs to my son,” said Cindy Shaw. “I wanted him to have something nice. Who would be so morbid and hateful to do a thing like this?”

Kidd wrecked off I-240 near Penn Ave. on an icy February morning.

He had just finished a shift at the fire house and was on his way to see his son.

His aunt, Nicole Davenport, says the cross was a place to remember.

“To come and be able to honor him and maintenance it and just sit,” said Nicole Davenport. “Sit to try and find that connection that you don’t ever want to lose. It means the world.”

Hours after meeting with the family, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation revealed it removed the memorial.

By law, you can’t put anything on ODOT’s property.

Crews will work with families who want to memorialize a loved one.

However, workers say this memorial, with lights surrounding the cross, was distracting to drivers.

Shaw is working to get her son’s cross back even if it can’t go where he died.