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A kiss for eternity: Photo makes way to Oakland fire victim’s girlfriend

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(CNN)Nothing will erase her memory of the boyfriend she lost in the devastating Oakland warehouse fire.

Saya Tomioka now has a keepsake of their time together, thanks to the collective power of strangers.
    It was a year ago when Tomioka and her boyfriend, Griffin Madden, took a trip to New York City to take in the sights, sounds and see a Broadway show. A photographer in Times Square took their photo, but the couple left New York without getting a copy.

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    The post made it to Arken Avan, a professional photographer from Queens who has taken hundreds of pictures of loving couples in the heart of the city.
    “Two people shared with me that post: Saya’s friend Liz Baqir and one of my NYPD friends, Sgt. Dan Hussey,” Avan told CNN.
    “I actually remember their faces because they really look so adorable,” Avan told CNN affiliate WABC. “I saw her lipstick on his cheek and she was having a pretzel.”
    On Thursday, Tomioka shared the precious moment Avan was able to capture on her Facebook page, saying, “I have been hoping for a miracle, a glimpse of your light back into my life. With the infinite help from our families, friends, and strangers, I finally found you.”
    “Photography in general is like a time machine you know. It is a very sad moment, but I hope she will keep this photograph as a memory, because, you know, we don’t live forever,” Avan told WABC.

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/09/health/facebook-oakland-fire-boyfriend-trnd/index.html

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