71ºF

'Angelversary' vigil 10 years after Somer Thompson's death

Candlelight vigil being held at Somer's Garden on Sunday

ORANGE PARK, Fla. – Somer Thompson's mother, Diena Thompson, is hosting a vigil Sunday to mark what she calls the 10-year "angelversary." 

It will be held at 6:45 p.m. at Somers Garden at 1152 Gano Ave. in Orange Park. That location is now a garden, it's also the site where Somer was killed.

The candlelight vigil will be at 6:45 p.m.  Guests are asked to wear purple, which was Somer's favorite color and bring their own candles.

If you are not familiar with the case, Thompson was a 7-year-old girl who was kidnaped, raped and suffocated by her neighbor on Oct. 19, 2009, after he lured her into his home on her walk home from school. 

The home on that property was burned down and transformed into a community garden in Somer's memory.

Somer would be 17 if she were still alive today.

Her killer pleaded guilty to all charges and was given six life sentences.
 


About the Author:

Ashley Spicer

Lifetime Floridian anchors weekends and reports weekdays on issues in Nassau and Baker counties and beyond.