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Playground to be named in honor of slain Bennettsville girl

The Pee Dee Coalition plans to create a playground at New Beginnings Transitional Shelter in Marlboro County, near Wallace, in memory of 8-year-old Iyana Lowery. (WPDE file image)

The Pee Dee Coalition plans to create a playground at New Beginnings Transitional Shelter in Marlboro County, near Wallace, in memory of 8-year-old Iyana Lowery, according to the Coalition.

The Coalition said Iyana loved to play outdoors and she especially loved going to the local playground.

Iyana’s body was discovered in a remote area near McColl in Marlboro County on Mother’s Day, nine days after her mother’s body was discovered in their Bennettsville home on May 5.

"I’m happy and honored,” said Patty Brown, Iyana's Aunt. “This is something Iyana would love because she loved playing in the playground. We're hurting extremely bad. It’s something you never quit thinking about. It’s the emptiness inside your heart. Iyana was a sweet, innocent free-spirited child."

Iyana’s grandmother, said she's grateful for this honor in Iyana's memory.

"Iyana loved the outdoors and going to the park so much. It was a tragedy, but now Iyana has a park. No one can say to her it's time to go. She was such a sweet little girl. I feel wonderful. I feel honored. I love PDC so much. Iyana is walking around with her mother in heaven smiling and saying I have a park," said Delores.

Jejauncey Fernando Harrington, 32, of Bennettsville, is charged with killing Iyana and her mother, Ella Lowery.

Contributions for Iyana’s Playground, can be made online at www.peedeecoaltion.org/donate or mailed to Pee Dee Coalition, P.O. Box 1351, Florence, SC 29503-1351. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, call 843-669-4694.

Iyana Lowery was found dead ten days after she was reported missing following the murder of her mom at home on Craig circle in Bennettsville.

A makeshift memorial with flowers and balloons now rest at the bridge near McColl where the girl's body was found.

Iyana Lowery was laid to rest on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Saw Mill Baptist Church in Bennettsville.


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