The City of Broken Arrow will begin construction on a memorial park dedicated to victims of the Bever family murders and the first responders at the crime scene. The groundbreaking is scheduled for Wednesday, May 30 at the site of the former Bever residence.
Last year, private donors from Broken Arrow and throughout the Tulsa metro area gave $50,000 to purchase the house, which has now been removed. City Councilor Mike Lester led the successful fundraising campaign to turn the property into a memorial park and garden, after the brutal killing of five Bever family members in July 2015. Police arrested two brothers in connection with the crime. The notoriety of the murders had made the house a target of vandals and onlookers.
“As a community, we can never erase the tragedy that occurred here, but we can make a statement that we will not allow evil to define who we are and the high standards we hold,” said Lester. “Through the efforts of so many people, both within our City and the larger metro area, we will be able to build a place of peace and serenity.”
The memorial garden will be merged with the existing Indian Springs mini-park bordering the property.
Along with cash donations, several local companies and organizations have offered labor and materials to help construct the park. In addition to many individuals who donated anywhere from $5-$1,000, the following is a list of companies that have donated in various ways:
- Broken Arrow Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 170 Charities
- Case and Associates Properties, Inc. (Mike and Scott Case)
- Tulsa Community Foundation
- Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors & Northeast Oklahoma Real Estate Service (NORES)
- Indians Spring III Homeowners Association
- Faith Assembly of God Church
- Advertise Anything, Inc.
- Ark Wrecking
- Waste Management Landfill
- Roses Incorporated
- Sanders Nursery – Berry Wholesale Nurseries
- Davis Elliot Utility Contractors
- Oklahoma Canopies and Awnings
- Action Roofing
- Magnum Construction
- White River Fish Market
- Hal Smith Restaurants
- Dorwart Law Firm