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Giant Human Sunflower Honors Chelsea King

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Chelsea King was raped and killed in San Diego by registered sex offender, John Gardner. Gardner was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Chelsea King was raped and killed in San Diego by registered sex offender, John Gardner. Gardner was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — More than 500 people have gathered at a San Diego County park to honor Chelsea King, the same park where the 17-year-old was murdered by a convicted sex offender last year.

The gathering Friday at Rancho Bernardo Community Park was initiated by San Diego State University’s Greek community.

A King family spokeswoman says the event began with hundreds of students placing plaques with some of Chelsea’s favorite quotes along the running trails. It ended with students forming a giant human sunflower, an art project initiated by the Chelsea’s Light Foundation and aerial artist and environmental activist John Quigley.

Chelsea’s story was a catalyst for California’s Chelsea’s Law, legislation passed last year which requires sentences of life without parole for some convicted sex offenders.

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