CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Somer Thompson's memory continues to live on thanks to the efforts of her mother, and the county is taking notice.
At its meeting on March 22, the Board of County Commissioners presented Diena Thompson with a Key to the County and declared April 5 in Clay County Somer Thompson Day.
At 10 a.m. at Grove Park Elementary School, there will be a moment of silence to honor Somer.
Somer disappeared while walking home from school in Orange Park in October 2009. Her body was found two days later in a Georgia landfill.
The following February, Jared Harrell, who lived along Somer's route home from school when she disappeared, was arrested in Mississippi on child porn charges.
He was subsequently extradited to Florida and charged with Somer's murder. His trial has yet to begin.
In March 2010, Diena Thompson formed the Somer Thompson Foundation to help other parents deal with similar situations.
Additionally, the commission is declaring October as STOP the Offenders and Predators Month in Somer's memory.
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