Saginaw residents raise money for memorial to murdered girl

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on October 20, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 20 at 8:35 PM

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SAGINAW — A little girl's murder shocked and saddened this Tarrant County community. Now, Saginaw residents are coming together, hoping to raise money to build a memorial honoring six-year-old Alanna Gallagher.

On Sunday afternoon, there was a fundraising drive at Willow Creek Park.

Families stopped be to donate whatever they can spare. 

It's just down the street from Willow Creek Elementary, where Alanna went to school and where an outside memorial should soon be built.

The project could cost upwards of $25,000, so moms in the community are gathering to try and get as much money as possible. Around $3,000 has been raised through donations. Other money has been pledged.

Gallagher was killed in late June. A neighbor, Tyler Holder, is charged with the crime.

A lot of people in Saginaw feel like it just happened yesterday.

"We had some stories shared, and it brought back the memories," said project organizer Monica Dhakal. "So it's still fresh, and people want to participate and help out as much as possible."

The memorial was designed by a former Saginaw police office and his brothers from the Law Enforcement Specialists Motorcycle Club.

Ground could break on construction within the next couple of months.

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