They came in quiet succession, almost all of them women, laying flowers and cards on the grave of a young mother most had never met.
Leanne Carlton drove 20 miles from home to place white roses on Nicole Brown Simpson’s tombstone.
“I have a sister who is in a relationship that is rocky at times,” said Carlton, 26. “I can relate to what the Browns are going through.”
So, apparently, can the many women who silently filed past Simpson’s grave, leaving notes and cards attached to sunflowers, daisies and bouquets of baby’s breath.
Perhaps the most touching was a single sheet of white notebook paper bearing a child’s laborious printing.
“Nicole, I am sorry what happened. I am sorry that your children are having to grow up without you. I don’t know what I would do with(out) my mother. I promise I will never hurt women. Love, Tyler Dubard, 12 year’s old.”
On a tiny florist’s card tied to a bundle of baby’s breath, an anonymous supporter wrote “To Nicole - Bless you and your loved ones who have suffered so very much. My prayers are with you.”
It was signed, “Sincerely, A Citizen.”
By early afternoon, the mound of offerings had grown so large it covered the length of Simpson’s grave. An American flag, a teddy bear and a paper angel - a symbol of love and hope adopted by the Brown family - rested on top.