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A place to remember: City approves crime victims memorial garden at Oleander Point

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Posted at 6:57 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 19:57:09-04

CORPUS CHRISTI — Oleander Point Park will soon be getting a memorial garden to remember victims of crimes in Nueces County. It's long been in the planning stages before finally getting the approval this afternoon.

Over a year ago, the Nueces County Victims Memorial Garden nonprofit organization came up with the idea to build and donate the $60,000 garden to the city. The group will be in charge of maintaining and cleaning this one-of-a-kind "garden of peace" in Corpus Christi.

So how big will it be? The garden will be 50x50' wide but for crime victims and their families, it's impact will be huge.

"We need a place other than a cemetary for loved ones to go visit, somewhere where it's peaceful and beautiful," said Fallon Wood.

Wood, the mother of Breanna Wood, is part of the group leading the effort. Her 21-year-old daughter disappeared in late 2016 and her body was found in January 2017.

But with monuments, walkways and benches, this memorial garden will be a place for friends and family members like Wood to remember victims who have lost their lives.

Whether it's homicide, domestic violence or getting hit by a drunk driver, victim's names will be seen on dozens of plaques.

Another victim who's name will be shown is Christopher Cavosos, who was murdered in November 2016. But now his mother, Sally Rowsey can go to the garden and remember her son.

Members of the non-profit mentioned the garden should be completed within nine months. About two dozen plaques are ready to be placed here, but there's room for many more. To request a plaque or help with the project, go to https://www.nuecescountyvmg.org/