Philly Block Project

In Memory of Ria Fuentes

In 1998, Ria Fuentes graduated from the 5th grade; this is her in front of her home on N. 3rd St.

It’s moments like these that her mother Maria Martinez holds onto so closely, because Ria’s life was cut tragically short. After battling a heart condition, she passed away in 2008.

We can feel the weight of the devastating loss, but we also see Maria’s strength; sharing these photos, she was able to reminisce in a way that filled her with love rather than grief. Photography is powerful that way, preserving our most meaningful memories and connecting us to our loved ones long after these moments have passed.

We’re honored that Maria entrusted us with her photographs and her most personal stories; we’re so proud to stand by our incredible neighbor.