Couple Hoping to Build on South Bedford Site

More than two weeks after officials recover the body of Aleah Beckerle, new plans could be in the works for the abandoned house where she was found.

William and Cameron Hawes of Huntingburg say they are hoping to turn the property on South Bedford into a memorial for Aleah.

The Hawes say they hope to acquire the lot through a donation from the city landbank or buy it themselves.

The proposed memorial is a playground, accessible for children with disabilities like Aleah.

William Hawes tells Eyewitness News, “We have enough empty lots in Evansville, we've got enough empty lots everywhere. So instead of it just sitting empty, put a park there and let kids in Aleah's position have a place to go swing, ride, and merry-go-round, and it all be because of Aleah.”

Hawes is a native of Evansville and tells us he wants to give back to the community: “I didn't have so much growing up, and like I said, I was a troubled teen and I thought I was in the gangs. I was getting in trouble in Evansville, I was a delinquent juvenile and a bad kid, but I took from Evansville and it's my time to give back.”

The South Bedford lot is currently in the process of becoming property of Vanderburgh County.

The Hawes have met with Evansville's Executive Director of Metropolitan Development, Kelley Coures, who says they can apply to purchase the land as soon as late August.


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