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Broken Arrow park dedicated today at site of Bever tragedy

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Posted at 9:44 AM, Mar 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-27 15:51:53-04

BROKEN ARROW — The city of Broken Arrow is dedicating a new memorial garden and park on Wednesday at the site where a family was killed four years ago.

Crews demolished the Bever family home to try and turn the tragedy into something positive.

2 Works for You have followed the progress since last April, with the demolition of the former Bever home.

The following month, crews broke ground of the park, making way for new plants and construction of the garden.

Then in October, they started planting flowers and trees, some of them donated by the Sanders Nursery in Broken Arrow.

It's one of the more than 25 local companies that donated services, labor and cash donations.

Then in December, the landscaping was finished, with the new gazebo and park benches put up on the property.

The new park is a significant step forward after the tragedy in 2015.

The notorious home stood in the neighborhood for a few years, after five family members were stabbed inside by brothers Michael and Robert Bever.

They're both serving life sentences.

The city raised $50,000 to get rid of the home and put up a garden.

Today they will be recognizing several of the donors when the park dedication ceremony begins at 2 p.m.

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