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The Abby and Libby Memorial Park is one step closer to completion

The families of Abby Williams and Libby German are fundraising for the girls' memorial park. The state of Indiana has agreed to match up to $50,000.

Posted: Jun 21, 2019 4:20 PM
Updated: Jan 30, 2020 9:52 AM

DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) — The ongoing story of the unsolved-homicides of Abby Williams and Libby German has made an impact beyond the dividing lines of Delphi.

It's a story that begins tragically. In 2017 Abigail Williams and Liberty German were brutally murdered near the Monon High Trail. Since then, each day has brought a new chapter for the family to get through.

Flipping the page to this year, it has brought the family new information in the case as well as support from people globally.

“For the last two and a half years, people from all over the United States even all over the world have shared our loss,” said Diane Erskin, grandmother of Abby Williams. “They have related to us not as just a story but as a family.”

In this chapter of life, the girls' families are in the process of raising money to build a 20-acre park in memory of them. The state of Indiana has just joined the movement with a crowdfunding campaign.

“Community, neighbors, friends, and people across the internet can make an online contribution donation to us,” said Eric Erskin, grandfather of Abby Williams.

The families have until Aug. 14 to raise $50,000. The state of Indiana's Housing Development Community Authority will match that number.

“With that money, that's going to help us build the amphitheater, it's going to help us to create the walking trail that'll go around the park,” said Eric Erskin. “It’s really going to help us create some signature pieces for our park.”

From an amphitheater to multiple softball diamonds and playsets, these pieces are how the girls' families see their legacy living on.

One chapter they're getting through now is the Police releasing a new video and suspect sketch.

“When we look at the new sketch, I think Diane used the phrase that was a surprise,” said Eric Erskin. “I guess, to me, it's kind of like a curveball. It was something that we didn't expect.”

While this is very much a non-fiction story for the girls' families. The community's support is also something they never imagined.

“As much as they've shared our loss, now they share our hope and our dreams,” said Diane Erskin.

You can continue supporting the family at their Abby and Libby celebration of life event on Saturday, Jun. 29. It’ll be held at Delphi Football Stadium, 501 Armory Rd., Delphi, IN from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $2 for ages two and up.

There will be a motorcycle tribute ride starting at 11 a.m. The event will have games, food, and giveaways.

You can donate to Abby and Libby Memorial Park here.

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