WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. - The entire region was shocked at the news that three members of a family were shot and killed in a domestic violence situation in Glade Spring at the end of February.
A mother, her son, and his grandmother were all killed. The son, Griffin Palmer, was a promising young student at Patrick Henry High School.
The students there have offered many ideas to remember Griffin, but one stood out -- a memorial garden to remember the three victims is being planned at the school.
There's an empty spot in back of Patrick Henry High School that will soon contain a beautiful garden to remember a classmate, his mother, and grandmother who lost their lives to domestic violence. "It's really hard for our school to go through a tragedy like this, but I think we were definitely together in all of it. The school came together and comforted each other," student council member Jacob Caudill said.
And now they come together again to remember the popular student with the memorial garden. The landscaping class started coming up with designs and different plants for the garden. "We actually picked purple and white irises. They're very beautiful flowers, and purple and white because purple is the color for domestic violence [awareness]. We thought those would compliment the area," said Kelsey Johson, a student teacher with the class.
Whatever the final design will be, it will include three benches to remember the three victims. "We really just designed it so the benches will be for Griffin, his mother, and grandmother. It's really for their memorial. I think all of us were thinking of them while we were drawing it," landscaping student Madison Massey said.
After the tragedy, many ideas were brought to their principal for consideration. "This is the project that has stood out as a way that we can permanently remember Griffin, because Griffin has left his mark on us personally. We want Griffin to be remembered from a Patrick Henry community standpoint," Principal Keith Perrigan said.
Not only the school, but the whole community will come together on Saturday, April 12 to begin work on the garden.