Jun 14, 2016
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While the city lowered its flags to half-staff in memory of the victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre, a couple in the North & East neighborhood decided to pay homage in their own touching way.

Felix Hunziker, a member of the Richmond Police Commission, and his wife, Audrey dela Cruz, painted their garage in the rainbow colors following the Sunday morning tragedy.

“I have no words to express the tragedy in Orlando, nor do I understand why anyone would do such a thing,” dela Cruz said in a Facebook post. “So Felix and I painted over the French flag that he previously painted when Paris was attacked. Our garage door has become our voice.”

Hunziker said he had painted the French flag in solidarity, having remembered seeing Parisians around a huge U.S. flag following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

He said he “wanted to reciprocate that touching gesture.”

While painting the garage in rainbow colors, the couple received help from their new neighbor Sarah. Check out the progression from photos posted by the couple:




  1. I feel really good inside to know there is still really good people out here in the world.I appreciate the couple taking there time out to give respect, love, care,honor by painting there garage for all the people who was killed on that horrible day for people who are still alive families that are hurting. The love is really appreciate.

    jessie Jackson | Jun 19th, 2016

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.