West Memphis 3 victims memorial fund


From The West Memphis Evening Times:

Sunday, May 5, 2013, marks the 20th anniversary of the murders of 8-year-old Cub Scouts Michael Moore, Chris Byers and Steve Branch in West Memphis.

A fund has been set up to honor the boys by making upgrades and improvements to their memorial at their former school, Weaver Elementary in West Memphis.

The memorial is called “The Weaver Reading Grove.” It was constructed in 1994 on the playground of Weaver Elementary. It consists of a gazebo, benches and a memorial stone honoring the boys.

Sheila Grissom, principal of Weaver Elementary, has set up a fund to pay for landscaping around the gazebo. Plans are under way to build a flower bed, which will hold 20 yellow rose bushes to mark the 20th anniversary of their deaths. The estimated cost is $2,800 and will be done by TC Landscaping in conjunction with O’Neal Landscaping of West Memphis. $500 has been collected from donors so far. If additional funds over and above $2,800 are collected, the money will be used for future Weaver Reading Grove and playground maintenance.

In addition, West Memphis Realtors Michael and Lesia Ford with Coldwell Banker Heritage Homes are organizing and funding an effort to repaint the gazebo in brighter colors, repair some damaged benches, add trash receptacles and cover exposed nails in the ceiling. Organizers are hopeful the landscaping and refurbishing will be funded and complete by May 5.

If you would like to make a donation in memory of Michael, Chris and Steve to the Weaver Elementary Reading Grove/Playground Fund, please send your donation to the school at the following address:

Weaver Elementary Reading Grove/Playground Fund
1280 East Barton Ave.
West Memphis, AR 72301

For more information contact Sheila Grissom, Weaver Elementary School principal, at sgrissom@wmsd.net or 870-735-7670.

Thanks to Fred and Joe.

2 thoughts on “West Memphis 3 victims memorial fund”

  1. Glad to see this here, Trench. I hope everyone, regardless of how they feel about the case, will consider a donation in memory of the boys. Weaver Elementary School has changed quite a bit since the murders. The student population now is quite diverse and it no longer is as new or seemingly safe as it was in 1993. The kids face problems not envisioned a generation ago. The Weaver Reading Grove represents a safe haven for the current student population and a way to remember in a positive way Michael, Stevie and Christopher.


  2. Why doesn’t Eddie Vedder or Johnny Depp help out here? They have no issues helping out the 3 killers but the 3 little boys who were murdered (the real victims) get no help from them. The hell.


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