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Community dedicates monument to child victim

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Posted at 7:26 PM, Jun 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-01 21:28:20-04

WEST JORDAN, Utah – People gathered in West Jordan Saturday to remember and honor those who have lost their lives because of child abuse.

Sierra Newbold was among those remembered. Sierra was found dead in a West Jordan Canal in June of last year. She was allegedly kidnapped, assaulted and killed by Terry Lee Black.

Supporters filled a field with flags to serve as a reminder of the children who have been silenced by child abuse. The community also dedicated a bench in Sierra’s memory.

Rick Davis, West Jordan city manager, spoke about the dedication.

"This is a place of memory,” he said. ”This is a place of remembering and honoring, and so it was fitting that we would have a bench remember Sierra Newbold right here."

Sierra’s mother, Kathy Newbold, said Sierra used to play at the park where her memorial now stands.

"Knowing that we can go to the park where she used to enjoy playing and having a bench there in her name is an honor,” she said.

U.S. Representative Jim Matheson also spoke at the dedication. The bench is in Veterans Memorial Park in West Jordan.