Saturday night in Wichita Falls, there was a very special ceremony to honor those who have gone through a tragedy.
For the past year, the Landavazzo family have been holding fundraisers as well as working with the city of Wichita Falls, to have a Christmas angel box statue behind the MPEC where they, along with many in the community, could come and grieve the loss of a child.
It’s been almost two years since the Landavazzo’s 13 year old daughter Lauren was shot and killed while walking home from McNiel Junior High School.
Since her death, her parents Vern and Bianka have become advocates for gun control.
During the reveal ceremony, the statue revealed itself, as the winds prematurely removed the covering.
Nevertheless, the Landavazzo family say they appreciate all the support the community has extended to them.
“Thank you. Thank you for giving us hope,” Vern Landavazzo said to the crowd. “Thank you for restoring our faith in humanity and giving us a place to treasure our most precious gift that we’ll ever receive. Thank you all.”
But this statue isn’t all. There’s also a wall next to the statue that includes all the names of those who have helped make this special tribute possible. And soon, there will be two more brick walls where anyone can purchase a name plate and get their loved ones name engraved on it.