May 31, 2015 9:14 PM

Memorial bench set for Fremont murder victim

FREMONT - A memorial bench was established Sunday for a Fremont woman who was murdered in her Main St. apartment last year.

The bench will honor Mary Lucas, 52, who was strangled to death by her boyfriend in October. The man later committed suicide.

But instead of focusing on tragedy, family and friends gathered in the middle of the pouring rain to recall times of happiness, laughs and enjoyment with their loved one.

"We have awesome memories with my mom so it's nice to have a place to come and kind of think about that and reflect," said Tony McGee, Lucas' son.

The bench, which is carved with Lucas' name and the statement "Forever In Our Hearts," cost more than $3,000.

Funds were donated from family and friends, and mulch surrounding the memorial was donated by a local landscaper.

Seashells were collected and spread at the base of the bench. Lucas' daughter said her mom loved the ocean.

Lucas had worked as a clerk at Liberty Square Market.

The tragic killing shook the tiny town to the core.

"Mary's murder was the very first in Fremont's history dating to when the town was first settled in the 1720's," said town historian Matthew Thomas.

The bench is located at Fremont Memorial Fields and is surrounded by a garden of flowers.

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