BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Quick Facts:
- Members of the Bever family died in a 2015 murder
- Since the murder, their home remains empty
- In 2016, work began to give the deed to the mortgage company
- Thursday, FOX23 learned a Broken Arrow City Councilor opened a 501(c)(3)- nonprofit, - account
- The account holds donations for the city to add an addition to the Indian Springs mini-park bordering the property
- Scroll down for donation information
Nearly two years after a murder on the property, a Broken Arrow home may be demolished.
In place of the Bever family's home on Magnolia Court, BA city councilor Mike Lester hopes a park will take over.
“Each day the home stands vacant is another day that neighbors are reminded of the horrific crime that was committed there,” Lester said. “It is unfortunate that the home has become a symbol of one of Broken Arrow’s most notorious murders. Our first responders and the entire community need to move on from this tragedy, and I believe that in order for us to truly heal, the house must be replaced with another symbol, one that provides peace and healing.”
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To fund the park, Lester set up a non-profit 501(c)3) account to collect private donations. If the campaign raises enough funds, the City of Broken Arrow will accept the property from the Tulsa Community Foundation, remove the house and merge it as a park with the Indian Springs mini-park.
A formal announcement of the plans came Friday morning, with renderings of the proposed Bever Memorial Garden.
1. Go to www.tulsacf.org and click “Give Now”
2. Choose “Bever Family-First Responders Memorial Garden Fund”
1. Make check out to “Bever Family-First Responders Fund”
2. Mail to Tulsa Community Foundation, 7030 S. Yale, Suite 600, Tulsa, OK 74136
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