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Sign for nun removed; some found it depressing

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WATER MILL, N.Y. (AP) - A street sign memorializing a nun killed in a New York hit-and-run has been removed after local residents called it depressing.

Newsday said Monday that the sign designating "Sister Jackie's Way" in the Hamptons was removed last week.

Sister Jacqueline Walsh died as she walked along the road in Water Mill in 2012. She was attending a retreat nearby.

Southampton Town Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor installed the $45 sign last year. Neighbors complained that it was a painful reminder of tragedy.

The town board asked Gregor to remove it, but he refused. Parks employees took it down, but he put it back up.

He says he ultimately removed it because the nuns lamented the controversy. A Sisters of Mercy spokeswoman says they chose to remember Walsh in prayer.

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