Bever home demolished in Broken Arrow Tuesday morning

Posted at 7:01 AM, Apr 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-19 06:49:27-04

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. -- The Bever home in Broken Arrow where five family members were stabbed to death was demolished early Tuesday.

Demolition began on the home at 8 a.m. Several people living next to the home came out to watch and take photos.

Neighbors say over the past two years, the home was a constant reminder of the horror that took place inside.

“It was something we had to live with in the world today, but we can rejoice and be happy that it’s gone,” said neighbor Danny Roush.  

The city of Broken Arrow is planning to build a memorial garden on the property once the demolition is complete.

Roush says he can’t wait for the day the memorial garden and park are built.

“I think that it will be good for Broken Arrow, because Broken Arrow is a city for people always doing something for people. And this will be doing for people that might want to forget that they lived here,” said Roush.

Investigators say brothers Robert and Michael Bever stabbed five family members to death in 2015.

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Now that demolition of the house is complete, city leaders expect to have full ownership of the property the beginning of May.

The city hopes to begin construction on the garden and park by the end of the summer.

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