School plans permanent memorial for slain Saginaw girl

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on October 10, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 15 at 4:04 PM

SAGINAW –– A grassroots effort in Saginaw is behind extensive plans for a memorial site at Willow Creek Elementary School to honor the life of 6-year-old Alanna Gallagher, who was kidnapped and murdered this summer.

The plan is to build a "living" memorial, which will remember the little girl and serve as a place for children to learn outside.

"It's going to be perfect, picture perfect," said Dr. Lacei Koffi, the school's principal.

The design is the work of David Carter, a former Saginaw police officer, and others from the Specialists Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club. 

"We want to make sure there is no loss of memory for the family, friends or administration," said Carter.

The plan is to soon start building a structure on the west side of the school. It will consist of a semi-circle of stone with two levels of carved seating that will stretch around an engraving on a stone for Alanna.

The Gallagher family will select the engraving. The hope is for the area to be frequently used as a place for both reflection and also for instruction in an outside environment.

"It really will be special, we hope," said Carter.

A fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday night to help raise money for the $25,000 project. Carter stressed that materials and manpower time will be donated, so neither the school or the family will have to pay a dime.

 

The event is scheduled for this Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 1112 NE 29th Street in Fort Worth at the MC Clubhouse. There will be music from a local classic rock band and $10 donations will be accepted at the door.

The hope is to break ground on the project with the next two months. Tyler Holder, 17, is charged in her death. He's also charged with attempted murder for shooting an officer who was attempting to arrest him. Holder remains jailed in Tarrant County on a $1 million bond.

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