Westside shooting victims honored at Saturday event

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Nearly 20 years after the Westside Middle School shooting, the victims continue to be remembered.

Saturday a group of former students and community members gathered for the 6th annual benefit for the Westside Memorial Garden.

Organizers hold the benefit each year to raise money for the upkeep of the garden in honor of those who lost their lives during the tragedy.

"I was here in 1998 when the tragedy happened at the middle school, and we came out and saw that the garden was in such pale shape," former student and event organizer, Chris "Topher" Scott said. "We decided to step up and start the benefit to help re-do the garden."

The memorial garden is important to families of the victims and to former students.

"That was a tragedy that happened back in 98, and this is a place that the classmates come, family members come, and it's something to keep it to where we don't forget about it," Scott said. "It's nothing that anybody should forget."

The event also included a moment of silence for the victims and a memorial ride.

Since the benefit began, it has raised more than $30,000 for the garden.

This year the group hopes to use the money raised to upgrade the five tables at the garden site.

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