JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Dec. 24 Update: Stephanie Johnson's family contacted Region 8 News on Christmas Eve to confirm that the new headstone was installed.
A family member said they were thankful the new monument was put in place just in time for Christmas.
A fundraising effort to replace Stephanie Johnson's vandalized headstone has reached its goal.
The fund reached its $3,000 goal on Friday, Oct. 28, according to Paul Holmes, public information specialist with the Jonesboro Police Department.
"The fact that donors responded so quickly and generously to meet this need says a great deal about the kind of caring community that we have here," Chief Rick Elliott is quoted as saying.
The next step, he said, is to get the replacement headstone made and placed at the grave.
Stephanie Johnson was just 12 years old when she and four others were killed by two classmates in 1998.
On Thursday, Oct. 20, Region 8 News reported someone had knocked over the girl's headstone at Keller's Chapel Cemetery.
Elliott worked with representatives of Bear State Bank to establish a fund to replace the headstone.
Anyone wishing to make a contribution can do so at any Bear State Bank branch or mail a check to:
Stephanie Johnson Memorial Fund
Bear State Bank
P.O. Box 3020
Jonesboro, AR 72403
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