Brookside Gardens home to beautiful tribute to Washington, D.C. metropolitan area sniper victims

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Brookside Gardens is a 50-acre award-winning garden operated and maintained by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.  Brookside Gardens is home to a beautiful conservatory, pagoda, sundial and numerous gardens and is located at 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, Maryland 20902-1369.

Brookside Gardens

Brookside Gardens Photography by April Sims

 

Amongst all of its beauty Brookside Gardens is also home to the D.C. Sniper Victims Memorial.  The memorial is a beautiful tribute to the 10 women and men whose lives were cut short by a deadly two-man sniper team, consisting of John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo.  The shooting spree lasted three long weeks and took place in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  The two-man sniper team’s killing spree came to an abrupt halt on October 24, 2002 when police were tipped off by Ron Lantz that the duo was asleep in a blue 1990 Chevrolet Caprice at a rest area near Myersville, Maryland.

November 10, 2009, John Allen Muhammad was executed by lethal injection for his part in the three-week killing spree and Lee Boyd Malvo was sentenced to six consecutive life sentences for his role.
The names of the victims engraved on a stone tablet

James Martin

James Buchanan

Premkumar Walekar

Sarah Ramos

Lori Ann Lewis-Rivera

Pascal E Charlot

Dean Harold Meyers

Kenneth Bridges

Linda Franklin

Conrad Johnson

Brookside Gardens Sniper Memorial

Brookside Gardens Photography by April Sims

A second stone table reads

 

DURING THE SUMMER AND FALL IN 2002 THE SENSELESS VIOLENCE OF TWO MEN CAUSED THE DEATHS OF THIRTEEN INNOCENT PEOPLE. ALTHOUGH THE TRAGEDIES OCCURRED IN SEVERAL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY SNIPER FIRE IN THE WASHINGTON, DC AREA ABRUPTLY ENDED THE LIVES OF TEN MEN AND WOMEN.  THE STONES HERE ENGRAVED WITH THE NAMES OF THOSE TEN BEAR WITNESS TO THE FACT THAT THEY LIVED AND WORKED AMONG US – AND THEY ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.  THEIR LIVES EACH UNIQUE BUT ALL TOO SHORT ARE FOREVER PART OF OUR COLLECTIVE STORY.  THIS PLACE ALSO HONORS THE KINDNESS OF SO MANY WHO SUPPORTED THEIR FAMILES AND WHOSE ACTIVE COMPASSION STILL STRENGTHENS THE BONDS OF THE COMMUNITY.

Brookside Gardens Sniper Memorial

Brookside Gardens Photography by April Sims

For more information regarding Brookside Gardens, please visit www.brooksidegardens.org

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