TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Good Friday is today, kicking off Easter weekend for Christians around the world. Christians in Tucson have their own tradition to celebrate the start of Easter weekend: the procession of the cross up "A" Mountain. This year though, the procession is missing someone - the man who built the cross 25 years ago.
Organizers of the procession say Dave Herrera, who died in November, was a mentor to many and was very loved by the community that puts on the procession each year. He built the current cross used in the processions. His cross is much lighter and hollowed out compared to that of the previously used cross made entirely of wood.
Every year he would clean up the cross, sealing cracks and fixing loose nails. After his passing in October, his mentee Antonio Pinarosantidanez says that they wanted to leave the cross looking more rugged as an ode to their late mentor.
"We want to show everybody all the screws that are there and all the cracks that are there and all the places that the wood is being pressed because for a part of us that's how our group is now. Without Dave it's like each screw is holding the cross just how like one another of the group is holding on," Pinarosantidanez said.
This year will be the first time that the cross will be carried without its maker.