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Garden helps students, teachers remember murdered Stonewall boy

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A single Japanese Red Maple at the center of the garden symbolizes Justin. A single Japanese Red Maple at the center of the garden symbolizes Justin.
Justin Bloxom's friends and family members prepare to dedicate the memorial garden in his name at North DeSoto Middle school (March 30, 2012) Justin Bloxom's friends and family members prepare to dedicate the memorial garden in his name at North DeSoto Middle school (March 30, 2012)
DESOTO PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

As the trial of Brian Horn begins, Justin Bloxom's family, friends and former classmates and teachers turn to a special place they have created to honor his memory.

It's also a healing place for the young hearts who learned a tough lesson at an early age.

The Justin Bloxom Memorial Garden is at North DeSoto Middle School, where the Stonewall boy attended classes before his death in 2010. Horn has been charged with Bloxom's kidnapping and murder.

The garden, which was built about three years ago, also serves as an outdoor classroom where students learn about internet and cell phone safety, said Angela Riser, a counselor at the school. The garden has 12 trees representing Bloxom's age when he died. A 13th tree, a large Japanese Red Maple, represents the loss of the 12-year-old.

"These students that were here with Justin are now students at the high school," Riser said.
"They're 11th grade students now and they have also requested times where they have wanted to come back to the garden to remember him. A place of remembrance and prayer for them to focus on the good things Justin brought to their lives and how much he meant to them."

Gardeners were scheduled to come to the garden Tuesday and get it ready for spring.

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