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Memorial to April Tinsley being installed at her school

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A flowering pink magnolia tree and a bench are being installed as a memorial at the school that 8-year-old April Tinsley was attending when she was abducted and killed in 1988.

Fort Wayne Community Schools spokeswoman Joyce McCartney says the magnolia tree, donated by Hoot Landscape & Design in Fort Wayne, and bench, provided by Polywood of Syracuse, will be in place before a candlelight vigil planned for Sunday evening at Fairfield Elementary School.

McCartney tells The News-Sentinel the memorial will be placed in front of the school.

The Fort Wayne girl was abducted, sexually assaulted and strangled in April 1988. Her body was found three days later in a ditch about 20 miles away.

Fifty-nine-year-old John D. Miller of Grabill faces murder and child molesting charges in her death.

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