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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: A cruel and

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evil death ` a court hears how Jamie Reynolds lured Georgia Williams to

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his flat before strangling her. He'll spend the rest of his life in

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prison. There is no sentence we can ever be satisfied with because it

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will never bring Georgia back. Also tonight, a review into breast

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care services at Solihull Hospital finds patients were seriously harmed

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and victims of weak and indecisive leadership.

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In memory of Christina, family and friends open a memorial garden for

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the 16`year`old stabbed to death on a Birmingham bus.

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All hail at the Britannia ` the storm at Stoke which stopped play.

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These are the conditions that you want to play Man United in. What is

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the likelihood of disruption to the rest of this week's fixtures? More

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on the forecast later. Good evening. The man who murdered

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Shropshire teenager Georgia Williams was this afternoon told he would

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spend the rest of his life in prison. Jamie Reynolds had already

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admitted murder and was appearing at Stafford Crown Court for sentence.

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The judge in the case was told Reynolds was a sexual deviant who

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had attacked another girl five years earlier. Georgia's father Steve, a

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serving police officer, read a tearful statement in court, saying,

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evil took Georgia away from her family. Giles Latcham was in court.

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Jamie Reynolds arrives at a cinema in North Wales seemingly untroubled,

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enjoying a night out. In his van in a car parked outside lies the body

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of 17`year`old Georgia Williams. Hours earlier, he had murdered her.

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The motive was his sexual gratification, inspired by a morbid

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fascination with violent pornography. For Georgia's family,

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the hearing was another cruel ordeal, the details of her horrific

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murder set out in court for the first time. There is no sentence

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that we can never say we are satisfied with because it will never

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bring Georgia back. She is dead. She has gone. Physically. She lives in

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our hearts. Georgia was a popular student from a family described as

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happy and caring colds Jamie Reynolds she was not interested in

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him romantically `` told Jamie Reynolds. He looted her to his home

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on the pretence he wanted her to pose for him for a photography

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project. He strangled her. Jamie Reynolds was described as a sexual

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deviant with thousands of violent pornographic images and videos

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stored on his computer. In 2008 aged 17 he was given a police caution for

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attempting to strangle another teenager. Georgia's mother was said

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to be wholly deliberate chakra Georgia's murder. `` Georgia. Jamie

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Reynolds sat in the docs slumped forward, his head in his hands.

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Cameras picked him up in a petrol station. Georgia's body in the van.

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He disposed of it in woodland near Wrexham. He fled to a Glasgow hotel

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where he was arrested three days later. A psychiatric report said he

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showed psychotic tendencies and could have gone on to become a

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serial killer. There is no doubt in my mind that Jamie Reynolds's

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addiction to sadistic, extreme pornography played a significant

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part in this investigation and as you heard today even in the minutes

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leading up to Georgia's arrival, he was still viewing such material. He

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was a keen fan of Telford United `` she was a keen fan. It has emerged

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tonight a Serious Case Review is under way into how the police dealt

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with Jamie Reynolds into earlier separate investigations. The world

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has lost a wonderful person, her father told the court he fully. ``

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tearfully. He said he cried for her from warning until night.

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Still come before 7pm: Further embarrassment for Birmingham's

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Children's Services ` two children's homes close after being rated

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inadequate. Breast cancer patients were

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seriously harmed and were victims of weak and indecisive leadership from

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senior managers. That's one of the conclusions in a review of breast

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care services at Solihull Hospital. Surgeon Ian Paterson was allowed to

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carry on operating on women for several years, despite a series of

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concerns raised about him by other medical staff. In a moment, I'll be

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talking to the hospital trust chairman. But first here's our

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health correspondent Michele Paduano.

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Fitness instructor Gail Lawrence feels she can't move on in her life.

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She had breast cancer and was operated on by Ian Paterson in 2003.

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This year, she had two further breast surgeries and her ovaries

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removed. She is terrified the cancer will come back. I feel like I have

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been cheated. Cheated out of a normal life. It is hard enough after

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having cancer. But having been told that you have got to have more

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surgery because it has been performed wrongly, it is just hard.

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Mr Paterson was operating at whirlwind speed and doing an

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unrecognised operation leaving breast tissue behind. Today's report

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showed after 12 years, his patients were seven times more likely to have

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cancer back in the same breast, although it's difficult to compare

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cases. I was shocked by how long it took for effective action to be

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taken. My review is about patients'. It is about women who

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were harmed. They feel they have been betrayed For years, doctors

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were raising concerns but weren't being listened to. In 2003, a cancer

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specialist worried about Ian Paterson's surgery reviewed 100

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patients, but the trust was more worried about friction between

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staff. It wasn't until 2007 that an inquiry decided that he should stop.

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Six clinicians went to the chief executive but Mr Paterson carried

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on. It's not until 2011 that the General Medical Council restricted

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Mr Paterson's practice. They still do not suspend him. Had the trust

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listened to people who had raised concerns, I would not be standing

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here now. I would know my treatment was over and I could move forward

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from that. The chief executive, Mark Goldman, who saw the six clinicians

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stopped them talking about it. This solicitor excuse `` exposed Mr

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Paterson. She now represents nearly 400 patients treated by him. We have

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been asking for the investigation reports for some time. They have not

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been provided. The Heart of England Trust has lost the confidence of

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staff. Nothing happened as a result of them raising concerns, doctors

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and nurses. It will take us time to rebuild the trust. That is what we

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have to do now. Other patients' might have to face what this lady

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has. Thousands of patients are now being checked.

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A new report from Birmingham Prison's own monitoring board says

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the atmosphere at the jail is improving, but that drugs are still

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a problem. In October, 2011, the prison became the first in the UK to

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be privately`run by the security firm G4S. Today's annual report also

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highlights foreign inmates staying in the prison after their sentences

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have officially ended. 26 men have been jailed and five

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others received suspended sentences after disorder broke out at an

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English Defence League march in Walsall in September last year. More

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than 600 supporters held a demonstration in the town centre and

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several West Midlands Police officers were injured when missiles

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were thrown at them. The last of the defendants were sentenced at

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Wolverhampton Crown Court today. Sandwell Council is to get an extra

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?22 million over the next three years to create thousands of new

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school places. 20 schools have already increased their intake since

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2011. There are plans to expand many more by the end of 2016.

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Two council`run children's homes have been closed in Birmingham after

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being described as inadequate by Government inspectors. At one home,

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youngsters were said to be frequently playing truant or going

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missing. The decision to shut them comes in the wake of a series of

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damning reports into the city's Children's Services department. Our

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reporter Bob Hockenhull is in Selly Oak for us outside one of the homes.

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Bob, another embarrassment for the council? That is right. The two

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homes concerned are Fairfield in Erdington and Bournbrook in Selly

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Oak. At Fairfield, Ofsted inspectors found children were not attending

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school, going missing and missing opportunities to get to their

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education potential. Staff were not sufficiently trained to deal with

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emotional and behavioural difficulties. In fairness, this

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home, Bournbrook, although it was also found to be inadequate in

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April, a subsequent inspection found improvements in the way children

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were looked after. The council still took the decision to close both

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homes. What have the council said? The council says the decisions may

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not last forever and in the future of the two homes may reopen again.

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But it felt that when another inspection came along it still would

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not be able to bring me home is up to standard so the decision was

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taken to close them for the time being. We agreed with Ofsted that we

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had not brought up to standard as quickly as we would like. The amount

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of time taken would have been a detriment to the young people. We

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decided to move the heat small number of young people in the homes

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to better placements where they could be more safely cared for. This

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means the council has only ten council run children homes in the

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city because last year five other homes were shut bringing the number

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down from 17 to ten. What the council wants to do is move away

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from homes and try to get young people into foster care instead. It

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feels this gives them a better chance in life in the future.

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Babies will still be born at Stafford Hospital but the trust

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administrators are recommending the maternity unit should be run by

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midwives instead of doctors. Around 2000 babies are born there every

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year. The council leader says the change could mean smaller hospitals

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are targeted for downgrading. The many consultancy led maternity

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services where perhaps there are only 1500 or even 1000 babies the

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year. They are run perfectly well. This report has ramifications

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outside Stafford for other hospitals because I am sure that if you apply

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the logic of this report to them, I am sure they must be worried today.

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Unions are warning it will have a huge impact on vulnerable

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pensioners. The council says difficult decisions have to be made.

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My messages we are very sorry we have to do it, but we have to

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balance the budget. We have substantially less money from

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central government so we have to make these savings. We are making

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them enough careful a way possibly can. We are determined to protect

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the most honourable and still are. Family and friends of a teenage girl

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who was stabbed to death on a bus gathered at her school today for the

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opening of a memorial garden. Christina Edkins who was 16 and from

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Birmingham was killed in the city in March. Sarah Falkland was at the

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ceremony in Halesowen. May this stone stand strong and firm as a

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symbol of our remembrance and love for Christina and may this area be a

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place for solid you don't reflection. `` a place for solid you

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and reflection. A blessing at Leasowes High School

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in Halesowen. The whole school assembled around a new stone in

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memory of Christina Edkins. She will be smiling because so many people

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have gathered to remember her. She was just 16 when she was killed in a

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random attack on a bus in Birmingham, She'd been travelling to

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school along the Hagley Road when 23`year`old Philip Simelane stabbed

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her once in the chest. Christina's parents Jason and Kathleen had

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wanted a permanent reminder of their daughter here. Christina's

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classmates decided on the words that would be engraved on the stone. It

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is a nice memorial. People can see that it is a nice thing to remember

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her by. I think she would be amazed by how much people love her.

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