What Happened to Tucson Artist Moises Orozco on All Souls Procession Day?

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Discussion of what took place on Sunday, Nov. 9, the day of the All Souls Procession out at the finale lot near the Mercado, has at times only recently taken to the Facebook internets only to be taken down in an hour or so.

It's understandable. Moises Orozco, a loved local artist, allegedly jumped from the finale scaffolding and remains hospitalized.

We asked our All Souls Procession contacts if an official statement was forthcoming and we were told there was no statement at this time.

The incident allegedly happened around 2:45 p.m. and witnesses saw the artist, who had been there all week helping with set-up.

At the top of the platform where a large Odaiko Sonora drum stood, Orozco had been playing it, when someone affiliated with the drumming group asked that he stop and also asked him to get down. Then he allegedly jumped 20 feet down.

What happens next isn't exactly clear for the Procession. Some have suggested it could impact the way the procession is insured and possibly make changes to the Procession and finale. But what we do know is that this isn't exactly the first time Orozco has done something similar.

In September of last year, the Range reported when he fell from the Sculptors Resource Center, and his partner Phoebe Jenkins started a fundraiser to help pay for his medical expenses since he was uninsured. Back then, the incident was reported as an accident:

Phoebe Jenkins told us Orozco was in serious condition when he first arrived at UMC, but is expected to do well despite the serious nature of his injuries. Orozco had to have titanium rods placed in his face because when he fell on the sculpture he landed face first and he had to have a second surgery on his leg.

We'll have more information this week as we talk with Tucson Police Department and other sources.

Meantime, let's wish Orozco a full and complete healing.

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