CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A special dedication will ensure the memory of a murdered little girl lives on. Family members say five-year-old Isabella "Bella" Tennant was the happiest when heading to the park. Tuesday, a special playground built in her memory will also bear her name.
"She would always ask people for money and kept a little piggy bank in her room. Said she wanted to give to kids," said Bella's mother Crystal Walker, in October, 2012.
Bella was killed last August. Now 17-year-old John Freeman Jr. will go on trial for her murder. Immediately following Bella's death, it was decided that a good way to remember Bella would be with a playground, because she cared so much for other kids.
Family friend Dave Pietrowski said, "We're hoping that after this tragic event that we could do something positive that her memory will live on through something fun for children. She used to love to play in this park, and we're honored to try to do something in her name."
John Freeman Jr. and 20-year-old Tyler Best, who police say helped dispose of the body, are scheduled to go on trial together on August 19th.
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