Just like that that makeshift memorial to Brian Euston in Westport is outta there…
For five months Westporters have wrestled with the desire to take down a gigantic, homemade, paper and plastic memorial of sorts to a 24 year-old man who died there last October. That after allegedly being punched, falling and hitting his head on the sidewalk, following a night of partying into the wee hours of the morning and drinking himself into an astonishingly high .387 blood-alcohol level.
Saturday night vandals ripped the memorial down.
"Somebody knocked down the Brian Euston monument and the family got pissed off and called the media, and Channel 4 came down and wanted to do a story on it," says a source. "It happened last night – we looked at the tapes – and it happened around mightnight. I think they’re going to redo it."
While that remains to be seen, a crew from Channel 4 hung out near the memorial Sunday, then packed it off to Euston’s family, a Westport spokesman says.
A couple weeks back Westport contacted Euston’s family about taking it down before the Big 12 and St. Patrick’s.
"I think the family really plans on leaving it there," said a source close to the situation afterward. "Somebody from our neighborhood decided to call (Brian’s) mom up and see if we could take it down before St. Patrick’s Day and she apparently called some media and told them we wanted to take it down. So we decided just to leave it alone."
Then on March 7th Channel 4 quoted the family as wanting the memorial left up.
"We plan to leave that intact for somewhere into the future," Euston’s mother told the station, noting that March was the perfect time for people to see the memorial with crowds of revelers expected for the tourney and St. Patrick’s.
Then came last night’s vandalism…
"They were miffed about it," says the source. ‘They were like, ‘What happened? Did you guys take it down?’ "
Here’s the problem.
"It can’t stay up forever," says former Westporter Craig Glazer of Stanford’s. "He’s not John Lennon and in fairness to Westport, it’s an eyesore."
The memorial wouldn’t have lasted two weeks – if this had gone down in Crown Center or the Plaza, Glazer says.
"So to Westport’s credit, that thing’s been up for the longest time of anything I’ve ever seen," Glazer says. "What the family doesn’t understand is most people don’t know who he is. Then when they ask someone and find out, it’s like a sign that says, ‘Don’t come down here.’ And that’s not fair to Westport. I know how awful this was for the parents; it’s like when one of our pets dies. But it’s not a sacred cow, because it wasn’t errected in a professional manner – it’s makeshift, it’s thrown together."