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Memorial built for alleged kidnap, rape, and murder victim

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A tight knit community builds a special memorial to a young girl who touched many lives.

Police say 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton from Golden City, Missouri was kidnapped, raped, and murdered last month.  

Today, a group of young boys led the project to help heal from this event.

These four boys, they started this and when they decided on what they wanted to do, they drew all this up.  And then they coordinated with a landscaper who made their dream a reality," says extended family member Jenna Horton.

The memorial is at the park where police say Adriaunna was kidnapped.

"We're hoping to get it to where nobody can hide behind it, and it's out in the open, sort of," says one of Adriaunna's friends Jacob Evans.

The park is getting a bit of a makeover, with new flowers.  The outlying message being built, through symbolic beauty, is good can overcome bad.

"I can't really explain it.  It just makes me feel really good doing this.  It makes me feel a lot better," says one of Adriaunna's friends Trenton Evans.

"To show people that this is a memorial, and that somebody used to love to play here.  They can just look and see what happened, and to show what we've done to support her and her family," says one of Adriaunna's friends Trey Evans.

"We're wearing pink because it was Adriaunna's favorite color," says one of Adriaunna's friends Blake Taylor.

These young volunteers say there's going to be even more healing with time.

"It's more than likely going to make me feel great.  It's going to make me feel like I've done something great here," says Blake Taylor.

People here have moved on, in a way.  But the goal is to never forget.

"So that people will be more careful, who are around here," says Jacob Taylor.

Business owner Dan Long from Pittsburg, business owner Stacie Anderson from Nevada, Missouri, and Pittsburg's Home Depot donated flowers and various materials for the memorial.

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