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Freeway named for slain educator Bobby Salcedo

April 19, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Part of a local freeway is being named in honor of an El Monte educator who was murdered in Mexico.

The 60 Freeway, from Atlantic Blvd. to the city of Rosemead, will now bear the name of Bobby Salcedo.

Bobby Salcedo's father was in tears when he saw the highway sign with his son's name. The family says it is a fitting way to remember him.

"With this, people will remember Bobby for what he did in life, which is just helping others to achieve their education goals," said Betsy Salcedo, Bobby's wife.

Salcedo was an educator and school board member from El Monte. In December 2009 he was on vacation in Gomez Palacio in Mexico when he was kidnapped and murdered. Investigators say he was an innocent victim of that country's drug-gang violence.

"For those of us that knew Bobby, know that his passion for education and helping others will forever be engraved in our minds and in our hearts," said Carlos Salcedo, Bobby's brother.

State Assemblymember Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park) was able to designate a portion of the 60 Freeway, from Atlantic Boulevard to the city of Rosemead, as the Roberto "Bobby" Salcedo Memorial Highway.

Sixteen months after the murder there are still few clues. Eng hopes with Salcedo's name seen by thousands of drivers every day it might bring in tips that could solve the case.

"It is my hope that we keep this alive," said Eng. "And it's one of the very, very few freeway signs in which there is a crime that's been committed that hasn't been solved."

For the family the sign means hope for the future but also a reminder of the loved one they lost.

"I'm really happy that they placed it in the spot off of Paramount, because like I said, it's on our way to the cemetery, so it's kind of ironic that it would end up so close to his resting place," said Griselda Salcedo, Bobby's sister.

The memorial signs for Bobby Salcedo will be erected along the 60 Freeway on Friday.