BANGOR – A memorial is planned for Monday to remember the homeless man and woman who died last month in a van found on fire under the Penobscot Bridge.
The brother of one of the homicide victims is cooking lunch and is inviting others to come and share stories about the couple.
Mark Bridges says he’s been all torn up inside since firefighters found the bodies of his younger brother and his brother’s girlfriend inside a burning delivery truck on March 28.
“I gotta do something to let it go so I want to celebrate their life … For them,” he said on Friday.
“I want to do a memorial for both of them, you know. I want everybody that knew them, if they want to come down just to say goodbye,” Bridges added later.
Desiree York and Michael Bridges were found inside the van by responding firefighters who tried unsuccessfully to revive them.
Two days later, John De St. Croix, a 25-year-old Ohio Street resident who police say knew the couple, was arrested and charged with two counts of murder.
Investigators have yet to release how or why they believe De St. Croix committed the crime. He is being held at Penobscot County Jail.
“I hope he’s sitting in there thinking about what he’s done,” Bridges said.
The cause of death for York and Bridges is being withheld.
Mark Bridges said he would be making a southern style potato salad that his brother loved along with two hams. Attendees are also invited to bring food to the 1 p.m. memorial at Pickering Square.
The city paid to cremate his brother, and even though Mark Bridges is on a fixed income, he is hoping to make a trip to Georgia on his brother’s birthday, May 9, to spread his ashes at a fishing hole from their youth.
“I’m trying to get him back down to Georgia to his kids,” Bridges said. “Either way, I’m leaving May 7th to take him back down one way or another.”