BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — A city councilor in Oklahoma says he's raised enough money to build a memorial garden dedicated to several members of a family that were killed in their home last year.
Broken Arrow Councilor Mike Lester announced Sunday that he has reached his $50,000 fundraising goal to purchase the property of the Bever family, which he plans to turn into the garden, the Tulsa World reported.
"It was contributions not only from Broken Arrow but from the larger Tulsa community," Lester said of the donations received.
The Bevers' former home caught fire March 18, leaving the property uninhabitable. A Fannie Mae spokesman said there was no insurance on the house, which led to an agreement to sell it for $50,000.
Lester opened a nonprofit account through the Tulsa Community Foundation to raise money for the Bever Family-First Responders Memorial Garden Fund in late February. The memorial will be in honor of the two survivors and deceased members of the Bever family, and first responders who assisted at the crime scene in July 2015.
Robert Bever, now 20, pleaded guilty last year to fatally stabbing his parents and three siblings last year. He received five consecutive life sentences with no chance of parole. He also received an additional life sentence to be served consecutively, for stabbing his then 13-year-old sister, who survived.
Michael Bever, 18, will also face trial in connection with the slayings. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday for a status conference.