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Memorial garden built to honor local murder victims

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OREGON CITY, OR (KPTV) -

Parents and relatives of local murder victims now have a place to honor their loved ones.

The Portland Area Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children, or POMC, unveiled a new memorial garden in Oregon City. It includes the names of hundreds of victims.

It is the eighth POMC memorial in the country, but the first in the Pacific Northwest.

Family members of murder victims gathered Wednesday for an emotional dedication ceremony.

"Since his body's never been found, this means so much to us to have a place to come," said Mike Moreau, whose son Tim was killed by a coworker at the age of 21 in 1990.

Mike and Penny Moreau said the case was solved after eight years and they got a conviction, but their son's body was never found. The memorial, they said, will provide them some sense of comfort.

Other names carved into the wall include Ashley Pond and Miranda Gaddis. Their story was broadcast around the country in 2002, when Ward Weaver kidnapped and killed the girls.

Ashley Pond's mother was in attendance for the ceremony Wednesday. She declined an interview request, but did say the memorial is beautiful.

The memorial is at the Mountain View Cemetery, 500 Hilda Street.

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