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Memorial bench for Wyllow Brewer dedicated Saturday

Posted at 11:56 AM, Aug 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-27 01:31:17-04

Today, some members in the community gathered at the Children's Memorial Park on Tucson's North West Side to dedicate a bench to Wyllow Brewer. She died back in February at just six months old.

Her death was ruled a homicide, after an autopsy report showed she died of "infectious complications of blunt force injuries with malnutrition as a significant contributing factor." 

Currently, four people face charges in connection to her death, including her mother.

Rose Silvestre was overwhelmed with emotion when she found out how Baby Wyllow died. Compelled to do something, she and the community worked together to fundraise money for a memorial bench.

"Thank you guys for supporting her, and just keeping her name alive," Silvestre said. "She deserves this, she deserved something like this all along. She didn't deserve to die."

Listening to her speak, one would think she knew Baby Wyllow. But that's not the case, she never actually met her.

"I don't know her at all," she said. "But I just felt horrible that she had to die alone."

The bench reads, "In Loving Memory of Wyllow Brewer. You have left your imprint on so many hearts."

One of those hearts belongs to Sarah Gardner. She was at the dedication with her six month old baby daughter.

"It touched me a lot, seeing her bench today," she said.

Gardner knows some of the people involved, and had met Baby Wyllow before. She hopes this bench will help everyone in the community honor her memory.

"She should have lived, and had a life," Gardner said. "That's what she deserved."

Moving forward, Silvestre also hopes this bench will send an important message out to families.

"She's not the only baby that's went through something like that. So somebody has to stick up for these innocent children," she said. "People need to be aware of what's going on, watch out for signs of abuse, so that it doesn't get this far."

If you'd like to visit the bench, it's located at the Children's Memorial Park, at 701 W. Edgewater Drive.