Bench set in honor of teen killed in Modesto park

local@modbee.comMay 13, 2013 

— Anyone who stops by east Modesto's Creekwood Park to remember homicide victim Tylor Crippen at the tree planted in his honor now has a place to sit, too. A bench with a plaque inscribed in the young man's memory was dedicated at the park Friday.

As his mother, Violet Crippen-Hachey, sat on the bench and read the inscription — "Because he forever lives in our hearts, we will never say goodbye to Tylor Crippen" — she said Friday was the first time she had seen it.

She also said that the Tylor Crippen Memorial Scholarship Fund/Creekwood Park Foundation has awarded its first scholarship. Johansen High School senior Marivel Torres, who is starting a college fund to pursue becoming a registered nurse, was given $500, said Crippen-Hachey. She added that the foundation's fund has enough right now to award a $500 scholarship for seven more years.

Crippen, an 18-year-old Modesto Junior College student, was killed in Creekwood Park on Jan. 29. Three suspects are accused of trying to rob him and his girlfriend before killing him. In January, Jacob Segura, 18, Juan Garcia, 17, and Taylor Koplen, 16, pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and two counts of attempted robbery.

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