.Santa Cruz in Photos: Memorial for Surfer Killed in Shark Attack

A makeshift altar has been created at Sand Dollar Beach by friends and family of Ben Kelly, a local popular surfer who died in a shark attack May 9 at the same stretch of beach.

Marine officials say it was a great white shark. Those gathered for the memorial also erected a makeshift altar on the sand near the attack site. Colorful ribbons, personal writings, flowers, memorabilia and Kelly’s hat, emblazoned with the Ben Kelly Surfboards logo, were left in his honor. Kelly was 26.

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Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.
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