Victims and advocates honored at annual brick dedication ceremony

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- Many victims and advocates were honored during the Victims Memorial Garden Brick Dedication Thursday evening.

"I'm overwhelmed," Toni Robertson, Kinzlea Kilgore's aunt, said.

Kinzlea's family was present Thursday. A brick was laid in the garden to honor her life. She was killed in May 2018.

"It is amazing that we get this brick to honor Kinzlea," Kim Daniel, Kinzlea's Memaw, said. "It means the world to us."

Kenneth R. Davis, 31, of Springfield, Mo., faces a second-degree murder charge. A Judge set bond at $2 million.

Davis is already jailed in another case involving the beating of a child. Investigators say he physically abused a child, 8, on June 30. The Greene County prosecutor charged him with several counts of abuse or neglect. Court documents claim witnesses saw Davis beat the child, pulling her hair out and choking her with a seat belt.

Davis will appear in a Greene County courtroom at the end of this month.

Another brick was laid for Barbara Foster. She died after police say she was intentionally run over at the intersection of Campbell Ave. and Sunshine in November.

"Barbara was not only a sister, a daughter, a mother, a grandmother and a friend ... she was also a fighter," Emily, a family member, said.

Elizabeth McKeown faces first-degree murder and armed criminal action related to the case. She will head to court again in July.

A brick was also laid for Deputy Aaron Roberts. He was swept away by flood waters in Fair Grove in September.

"We honor (Deputy Roberts) and Kim by having this brick placed," Sheriff Jim Arnott said.

Many other people were also honored with new bricks. The Victim Center, Jill Patterson, Greene County Sheriff's Office, Greene County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, MADD, Harmony House, Janell Westbrook, Christian County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and the Springfield Police Department made presentations.

The Victims Memorial Garden was established in 1991. The garden serves as a place to remember victims who have suffered from violent crimes. It also honors those who work hard to help victims.