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Plans for West Mesa murder victims memorial park unveiled

Kai Porter
September 21, 2017 05:17 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- It’s been eight years since the remains 11 young women and an unborn child were discovered buried on Albuquerque’s West Mesa. The city unveiled plans Thursday for a memorial park to be built in honor of the victims.

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The murders are believed to be the work of a serial killer, but no one’s been arrested and the case remains unsolved.

City leaders presented the park’s final design, which will be built along Amole Mesa Avenue near 118th Street. The plans call for an oval path surrounded by 11 trees, with one dedicated to each victim, along with a memorial for the unborn child.

KOB spoke with the mother of Cinnamon Elks, who disappeared in 2004 when she was 32-years-old. Her remains were found five years later along with the others on the west mesa.

“One step at a time, you just keep going,” said Diana Wilhelm, Elks’ mother. “I have her cremations in my room and when this is put up I’ll sprinkle some under a tree or a bush. But, no, you never forget. She was a child. And all these people had a daughter, a sister, a mother.”

The memorial park will cost $400,000, and it will be paid for by the city and a $50,000 state grant. Construction on the park is expected to begin later this year and continue into next year.

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