DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — Former teachers, friends and coaches gathered Thursday to remember the life of 10-year-old Breasia Terrell.
They were putting the finishing touches on a memorial garden in his honor. School officials tell me that the most important parts came from the people who knew Breasia best.
“Today wasn’t necessarily like a ceremony on its own,” said Benjamin Driscoll, former principal of Monroe Elementary. “Might as well give the kids the opportunity to leave a message for their classmate and their former teammate and their friend.”
Students painted pictures on rocks placed throughout the garden.
“In art, we did our drawing, I did a butterfly and she said it was fine. So I drew it on my rock,” said Vivyana Sanchez, a friend of Breasia.
“I made a heart. I made a flower with purple because it was her favorite color. said Breasia’s cousin, Dariyonna Terrell.
Many rocks also carried a basketball, a favorite sport of Breasia.
“You couldn’t see a happier kid who loves to play the game,” said Kristyn McIntire, who coached Breasia during her time on the basketball team. “And she had the most beautiful smile, the most beautiful eyes. I mean, she lit up the basketball court when she walked on it.
The garden is a collaboration between Monroe Elementary, the Terrell family, and local nonprofits One Eighty and Project 15:12. A memorial bench, cross, wind chimes and landscaping create a space where Driscoll says he hopes the community will stop to reflect on Breasia’s life.
“She’s going to love it all because she knows it’s for her and we care about her.” said another Breasia classmate, Barbie Cruz.
“It feels really good. Just to have something here to always remember her,” McIntire said. “I mean, it’s not going anywhere here for good.”
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