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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  1. drozone69 says:

    We need to hear a article about him bieng beaten or hurt in prison by a fellow inmate.Pictures of the cell or shower scene would serve good as a deterant to our youth.

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