Council approves memorial bridge to Harvey family

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A murdered Richmond family will be memorialized with a pedestrian bridge in Forest Hill Park.

City Council unanimously voted Monday to name the span the Harvey Family Bridge. The decision overrode a provision of the city code that prohibits naming city facilities for multiple people. The bridge will be installed over Reedy Creek in the park, replacing a bridge that had been washed away.

In January 2006, Bryan and Kathryn Harvey and their two children, Stella, 9, and Ruby, 4, were found murdered in the basement of their Woodland Heights home.

He was a promising musician. She co-owned a popular toy store in Carytown.  Their deaths rocked Richmond. Their killers now sit in jail. Their Richmond neighborhood has never forgotten.

Neighbor and family friend tom morris said, "They loved everything and everybody loved them. They're very missed."

City Council President Kathy Grain said, "The Harvey's the were very very influential in the community they loved the park and I think this is a wonderful tribute to remember them by."

Grain lead the proposal to name the new pedestrian bridge over Reedy Creek the Harvey family bridge.
The Friends of Forest Hill Park have donated $500 for a plaque, that will include a picture of the Harveys. The idea needed a special vote from council because it's against city code to name structures after people.  

Grain said, "it helps with the healing of the community also for generations on let's people know that the Harvey's were there."

Morris said, "it's one of the greatest things I can think in honor because those were some of the best people on the planet. They deserve it."

The Friends of Forest Hill Park hope to unveil the new bridge and plaque on May 22.

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