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Wesley's Place nears completion

By: Wendy Enneking Email
By: Wendy Enneking Email

It's been three years in the making and now the finishing touches are being put on Wesley's Place. Wesley's Place was built in honor of Wesley Mullins who was murdered in 2007. Buck Ballard was convicted of the crime and has been sentenced to life in prison.

To honor Wesley, his family wanted to build a place that would be used as a community gathering spot and home for non-profit groups. The facility sits on the same site where Wesley was found dead.

Wesley's aunt, Pamela Jacques, says she believes her nephew would be proud of the facility.

"I know that he would just be amazed, he just would not be able to believe it," Jacques said.

Project Manager Mark Williams also remarked on the signifcance of Wesley's Place.

"This is a good example of a project that's going to help the community in the long run and it also helps out as kind of a healing process for the family itself," Williams said.

There will be meditation and memorial garden behind Wesley's Place that actually sits in the exact location of the garage where Wesley's body was found back in 2007. It will be decorated with flowers, stepping stones, benches, and trees. Volunteers burned sage and spread lavender at the site which according to Native American tradition, cleanses the soil and gives it positive new energy.

The first occupant of Wesley's Place will be the Community Action Council. Wesley's Place is scheduled to be completed at the end of the year. It is located on Main Street in Paris.


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