~ Kansas City and its community are coming together to honor the lives of young victims who have tragically lost their lives to violence. The city has announced the creation of a Children's Memorial in Hibbs Park, where the names of these children will be engraved. The project is being funded by the City of Kansas City, with Parks and Recreation overseeing the design and construction.

Mayor Pro Tem Ryana Parks-Shaw expressed her gratitude for this meaningful project, stating that it will serve as a symbol of remembrance and a call to action for everyone to work towards creating a safer and more peaceful city for all children. The memorial will be open for suggestions from residents, families, and community members starting February 1st until March 1st. The suggested names should belong to victims who were under the age of 18 and lost their lives between 2001 to 2024.

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The idea for this memorial was sparked by the tragic case of "Precious Doe", a young child whose remains were found near Hibbs Park in 2001. It took almost four years for her to be identified as Erica Green, only three years old at the time of her death. This heartbreaking incident highlighted the need for a permanent memorial to honor all children who have been victims of violence.

The city has provided a list of submitted names so far and has also made available a form for anyone who wishes to suggest a child's name. For more information or any questions regarding this project, interested individuals can contact Emily McBride at or (816)513-5929.

This Children's Memorial will serve as a powerful reminder of the innocent lives lost too soon and will stand as a testament to their enduring spirits. It is hoped that through this memorial, the community will come together to create a safer environment where every child can thrive in peace and safety.

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