Memorial for former Kingman High teacher damaged

Courtesy<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->The roadside memorial for Larissa Castilleja before it was damaged.

Courtesy<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->The roadside memorial for Larissa Castilleja before it was damaged.

KINGMAN - Bullhead City Police are looking for those responsible for damaging a roadside memorial dedicated to a former Kingman High School teacher killed by a drunk driver in Bullhead City.

Larissa Castilleja was a teacher at Mohave High School when she was killed by Gino Gagliardi while riding her bicycle Sept. 2009. Gagliardi was sentenced to 13 years after he was convicted of manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident.

A large purple cross was erected on Bullhead Parkway after the accident. Bullhead Police said the cross was taken sometime last week. Police also discovered the memorial had been damaged and a part of the cross was broken and left behind.

Police Spokeswoman Emily Montague said the cross was constructed of plywood and concrete and was not located in the surrounding area.

Castilleja was a teacher at Kingman High School from 2001 to 2005 before moving to Bullhead City to teach at Mohave High.

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact the Bullhead City Police Department at (928) 763-9200 or text keyword BHCTIPS, followed by your anonymous tip to TIP411 (847411).