A grieving family has taken down a cross that served as a memorial after an atheist group argued for its removal.

A cross was put up shortly after 19-year-old Anthony Devaney was fatally struck by a car in Lake Elsinore, Calif. It was removed, and a new cross went up in its place.

The American Humanist Association sent a letter to the city and threatened more legal action, saying the Latin cross is a religious symbol that violates the Constitution.

The family then agreed to remove the cross in order to avoid any conflict with the city or atheist group.

"I don't understand why they need it to come up, but me being the mom and try to keep it positive, I want to do what's right and I don't want to make it a big deal or cause a scene," said Anthony’s mother, Annmarie Devaney.

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