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Somer's Sunshine Park Dedicated to Somer Thompson Today

5:32 PM, Oct 21, 2011   |    comments
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ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Two years ago  the body of 7-year-old Somer Thompson was found in a Georgia landfill, and today a park is being named for the little girl who was abducted on her way home from school.

Somer's Sunshine Park is the name being given to the park that is on the route Somer walked while attending Grove Park Elementary.  The one-acre wooded lot is located at the corner of Gano and DeBarry avenues.

Her mother, Diena, said the location is appropriate.

Asked if time lessens the pain, Thompson said, "I just think you learn to deal with it like it's gonna be there.  That's just the truth of the matter."

Presently only trees are part of the landscape, but the city plans to add benches and a walking path.

Orange Park Councilwoman Marge Hutton, who conducted the ceremony, said there is no timeline yet when park improvements will be made since the town council just earlier this month made the decision. "The sooner the better," is her hope for when the changes take place.

Thompson was last seen alive on October 19, 2009.  Her disappearance sparked a community search that ended two days later when investigators discovered her body in a Southeast Georgia landfill.

Jarred Harrell in March 2010 was formally charged in connection with Thompson's death.  He is being held in the Clay County jail awaiting trial.

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