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'R.I.P. Osama' graffiti appears on Orange County freeway

May 2, 2011 | 11:39 am

While much of the rest of the country was celebrating Osama bin Laden's demise, a memorial to the slain terrorist went up on a sound wall along the 405 Freeway in Westminster, authorities said Monday.

A Caltrans maintenance worker was at the Orange County site near Springdale Street by 9:30 a.m. removing the graffiti, which was first reported in the Orange County Register and featured an upside-down American flag flanked by the script "R.I.P. Osama" and "Forever," authorities said.

California Highway Patrol Officer Denise Quesada said her agency would investigate who wrote the graffiti if further information surfaced. Caltrans will power-wash the words and image and paint over any remnants.

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