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Horn jury visits Justin Bloxom Memorial Garden following death recommendation

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A photo of the jury of 6 men and 6 women from East Baton Rouge, plus 3 alternates, along with Justin's mother Amy and his younger brother was posted  by the Justice for Justin Facebook Page on Saturday. A photo of the jury of 6 men and 6 women from East Baton Rouge, plus 3 alternates, along with Justin's mother Amy and his younger brother was posted by the Justice for Justin Facebook Page on Saturday.
Justin Bloxom (Source: Justice for Justin/Facebook) Justin Bloxom (Source: Justice for Justin/Facebook)
STONEWALL, LA (KSLA) -

The jury that convicted and then recommended the death penalty for Brian Horn in the death of 12-year-old Justin Bloxom made one last stop before heading back to their homes in South Louisiana on Saturday.

The recommendation came after just over an hour of deliberation on Saturday afternoon, and ends a trial that began March 28 in DeSoto Parish. Horn was found guilty of first degree murder on April 2, and the sentencing phase began on Thursday. The jury had the option of recommending life in prison or the death penalty for Horn. It took just over an hour to unanimously agree that Horn should be put to death.

According to Justice for Justin Bloxom, a Facebook Page set up by the Justice Bloxom Alliance for Innocence, the jury asked to speak to Justin's mother after the penalty phase of the trial came to a close and expressed their desire to go the Justin Bloxom Memorial Garden, "so that they could view the place that has given so many a place to heal."

A photo of the jury of 6 men and 6 women from East Baton Rouge, plus 3 alternates, along with Justin's mother Amy and his younger brother, was posted with the following just before 8 p.m. Saturday:

"Today I met the men and women I had been watching since the trial began for any estimation of the final verdict. Fifteen strangers who left the comfort and security of their homes and families to unselfishly perform their civic duty, the people who viewed evidence that will never leave their memories. As I walked up to them, no introduction was necessary as their arms opened for hugs. These people have had a most difficult task placed before them, and they will never be the same.

They toured Justin's Garden, walked through the halls of North DeSoto Middle School, viewed the trophy case where Justin's retired football jersey is on display and heard the story of how the Justin Bloxom Memorial Garden, Justice for Justin Bloxom and the Justin Bloxom Alliance for Innocence were formed. As we gathered, one of the Jurors asked how they could help, still speaking as the combined unit they had been for the past ten days. There were offers to help complete the Garden and offers to help spread the legislation throughout the remaining states who have not yet enacted the Justin Bloxom Bill.

As we stood there-family, friends and strangers- bound together forever by the memory of Justin Bloxom, a prayer circle formed, with one of the former jurors offering a prayer for healing and ending with the entire group reciting The Lord's Prayer.

Some exchanged contact information, some lingered while others rushed to their homes. The jury boarded the bus that has been their only transportation. While we all went our separate ways, we all departed from the Garden much richer than we arrived."

According to the Justice for Justin Page, the Justin Bloxom Alliance for Innocence was formed following the murder of 12-year-old Justin Bloxom. It is a private, not-for-profit organization formed in a proactive effort to increase awareness among young people of Internet, social media, and cell phone predator danger through education.

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