GOLDEN CITY, OK.--- A Golden City park is filled with the color pink. It all was in memory of 12 year old Adriaunna Horton, who was kidnapped and murdered last month. Pink was Adriaunna's favorite color, and filling Hazel Park with pink gives the community a chance to come together and heal. Numerous pink shrubs, trees, and flowers were planted as a celebration of life.
The park that once represented darkness and heart ache now lights up in pink, all because of three boys.
"We were by the bench looking at some year books after we heard what happened, and it just popped in our minds. So, it just happened quickly, so now we're just doing it," said Trenton Evans, Classmate.
Trenton Evans, Blake Taylor and Trey Evans say they just wanted to help the community find peace. So they started planning, in what would eventually involve flowers, statues, and even a pink light-up butterfly.
"That the people know that Adriaunna's really important to all of us and that she was a great kid," said Trey Evans, Classmate.
Even though Adriaunna's gone, her memory and spirit continues to stay with the small town.
"Remind Adriaunna that she's always in our hearts and we always believe," said Blake Taylor, Classmate.
They say it's better to not mourn her death, but celebrate her life.
"Because this is where she came to play and this is where she was last seen at," said Madison Horton, Adriaunna's Older Sister.
James Horton says it's times like this Golden City community members show they're there and they care.
"As a father, words couldn't describe it. In a dark time like this, it's really uplifting and warming," said James Horton, Adriaunna's Father.
He says after his daughter's disappearance, kids have stopped playing at the park. He hopes the pink blooms will change that and people will use the park as a place to heal.
"It's amazing. She's here, everywhere in spirit and in mind and in hearts," said Madison Horton.
Businesses like Home Depot, 54 Feed and Seed, and Longan's Floral and Garden Center donated the gardening items and pink blooms.
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