Tree dedicated in memory of Marcus

A tree was dedicated to honor the memory of murdered foster child Marcus Fiesel at the Spencer Shank Park in Amelia June 3.

The white flowering pear tree, which symbolizes a loss of innocence, is the first tree to be dedicated as part of Amelia’s recently formed memorial tree program.

Amelia village Parks and Recreation Commission chair Tonya Spurlock said that she hopes that the tree brings peace to all those who look upon it and will allow the community to begin a healing process.

“We all thought that it would be nice to have the first tree donated for Marcus,” she said. “This county has been so affected and devastated by the loss of Marcus. So many people in the area helped search for him last summer and we have all been following the case. We mourn his loss and want to make sure that his name is written in stone and seen for generations to come.”