|Maria of Chinatown|
Maria began her life in Chinatown as a clothing display specialist at Mary's Liquor on F Street 50 years ago. Mary ran the store to serve residents of Chinatown and stocked more that the usual convenience store including some clothing. And Maria sported the best clothes and was quite popular with her good looks and slim 1960s figure.
Soon Maria came to work for the Azteca Theater.
|Mardi Gras Chinatown|
Sometimes she would get dressed up for holidays such as Christmas and the Fourth of July. She gained some beaded necklaces for Mardi Gras and a Chinese hat for the Chinese New Year parade.
|Maria in her Christmas hat|
She kept a light burning around the clock and cast a kind look towards all. Some locals began to stop in front of her to say a prayer and pay their respects. She never looked disapprovingly or was unwelcoming. She blessed many who had few blessings.
|Maria Fourth of July|
|Shaved head for solidarity|
In the early hours of May 14, 2013 Maria was kidnapped. Security bars were forced open, the booth broken into, and Maria was taken. And although she will remain brave and resolute through this adversity, she most certainly would rather be back at the Azteca Theater greeting her friends and those in need.
|Maria in recent times in her auburn look.|
No ransom note has been received and no one has taken credit for the abduction. The motive remains elusive. We only can solace in the fact that wherever she is she will be doing her work to soothe the savage soul and bring blessings to those who are deserving.
Ever since Maria started her watch on F Street she has been adored and studied. Many photographers have chosen her for their subject. Azteca Theater as photographers model