PHOTO: Latin American leaders stand guard at Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos stood guard Monday in Mexico City, Mexico at the honoring ceremony for Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Hundreds waited outside the Palace of Beautiful Arts in Mexico City to see the urn containing the ashes of “Gabo” and lay flowers in remembrance. Colombia will hold a separate memorial Tuesday.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez died April 17 at his home in Mexico City at age 87.

Hari Sreenivasan talked to writer William Kennedy, a long-time acquaintance of Marquez, on April 18’s PBS NewsHour: