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Posted on: March 25, 2019

Reflection Park completes transformation from crime scene into memorial

Reflection Park

The City of Broken Arrow will cut the ribbon on its newest park facility at 2 p.m., March 27. Located at 709 Magnolia Ct., Reflection Park is dedicated to victims of the Bever family murders and the first responders at the tragic crime scene.

In 2017, private donors from Broken Arrow and throughout the Tulsa metro area gave $50,000 to purchase the house, which was demolished after a fire broke out in the then vacant home. City Councilor Mike Lester led the successful fundraising campaign to turn the property into a memorial park and garden, after the brutal killing of five Bever family members in July 2015. Police arrested two brothers in connection with the crime. 

After a tranquil gathering to mark the beginning of the project in May 2018, the City used mostly donated supplies and labor to construct a small walking path, garden and gazebo on the site, which connects to the City’s existing Indian Springs Mini Park behind the property. 

“We can never erase the tragedy that occurred here, but we are making a statement with Reflection Park that we will not allow evil to define who we are and the high standards we hold as a community,” Lester said. “Thanks to the generosity of so many people in Broken Arrow and the metro area, we have built a place of peace and serenity.” 

WHAT:  Ribbon cutting for Reflection Park 

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 27 at 2 p.m.

WHERE:  709 Magnolia Court, Broken Arrow

DONORS 

Along with cash donations, several local companies and organizations have offered labor and materials to help construct the park. In addition to many individuals who donated anywhere from $5-$1,000, the following is a list of companies that have donated in various ways:

  • Action Roofing
  • Advertise Anything, Inc.
  • Alaback Design Group
  • Ark Wrecking
  • B&B Lawn and Landscape
  • Broken Arrow Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 190 Charities
  • Case and Associates Properties, Inc. (Mike and Scott Case)
  • Cherokee Pride Construction
  • Davis Elliot Utility Contractors
  • Dorwart Law Firm
  • Ewing Irrigation Supplies
  • Faith Assembly of God Church
  • Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors & Northeast Oklahoma Real Estate Service (NORES)
  • Hal Smith Restaurants
  • Hunter Industries
  • Indians Spring III Homeowners Association
  • M&M Lumber Companies  
  • Magnum Construction, Inc.
  • Oklahoma Canopies and Awnings
  • QuikTrip
  • Roses Incorporated
  • Sanders Nursery – Berry Wholesale Nurseries
  • Sherwin-Williams Commercial Paint Store: Tulsa-Commercial #4332
  • Tulsa Community Foundation
  • Waste Management Landfill
  • White River Fish Market

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