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Park Dedicated to Somer Thompson

By: Ayesha Faines Email
By: Ayesha Faines Email

October 24, 2011 -

A Florida first grader killed on her way home from school, is being honored with a new park. Somer Thompson disappeared two years ago, and her body was found in a Georgia landfill days later.

Friends, family and city officials gathered to designate this land as a park in Somer's honor.

Councilwoman Marge Hutton says Somer's sunshine park will be a place for kids to play safely and a park where Somer Thompson's legacy lives on.

"So many times you see it on the news in other different places and states and when it happened in our little Orange Park community, it's like, nobody can believe it," says Marge Hutton, an Orange Park Councilwoman.

The city is still reeling over Somer Thompson's death. This week marks the two year anniversary of her murder. This time of year is especially tough for Diena Thompson, Somer's mother, but she is thankful to have the community's support.

"I don't know if others in my position have been so lucky as to have a community like this, that they all stand behind me still two years later and my daughter and keeping it legacy alive so nobody ever forgets," says Diena Thompson, Somer's mother.


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