Garden dedicated to slain student
VALLEY CITY, N.D. - A heart-shaped garden has been dedicated in memory of Mindy Morgenstern as the first anniversary of her death approaches. Hugs and tears were shared by more than 100 people at Sunday's dedication, less than a block from the ap...
VALLEY CITY, N.D. - A heart-shaped garden has been dedicated in memory of Mindy Morgenstern as the first anniversary of her death approaches.
Hugs and tears were shared by more than 100 people at Sunday's dedication, less than a block from the apartment where she was killed.
Morgenstern, 22, a Valley City State University student from New Salem, was found dead in her off-campus apartment last Sept. 13.
Her mother, Eunice, said Sunday that her daughter's loving heart will live on in others.
Ashley Moen read part of a letter Morgenstern wrote to her while she was deployed in Iraq. Moen said she wished she had been able to tell her friend how much she cared for her.
"I knew that every night she was praying for me and I was going to make it home," Moen said.
Bonnie Ranum, the mother of Morgenstern's boyfriend, Jordan, said Mindy's Garden will be a "healing place," where people can remember Morgenstern and reflect.
"Now she has a permanent home here," Morgenstern's former roommate, Tonia Christiansen, said.
Dee Ranum, Jordan Ranum's grandmother, left a pink rose.
"That one was so pretty this morning I thought of Mindy right away," she said.
Roses were Morgenstern's favorite, her mother said.
"It really does touch my heart to know that people care," Eunice Morgenstern said.
Three books, including the Bible and a journal, will be kept underneath a hand-carved bench in the garden for people to browse through, write in and borrow.
A Minot jury deadlocked 6-6 in July in the case of former Barnes County jailer Moe Gibbs, 35, who was charged with stabbing and strangling Morgenstern in her apartment. His second murder trial is to start Oct. 22 in Bismarck.