Family dreams of park in memory of murdered son

Dillian Bowman-Gray, 2, died on July 11, 2017, from complications he suffered after his biological parents abused him.

Posted: Jul 26, 2019 5:36 PM
Updated: Jul 26, 2019 5:42 PM

NORTH BEND, Ore. -- The family of a young boy who was murdered by his biological father wants to honor his memory with a new park.

Justin and Christina Gray adopted Dillian Bowman-Gray in May 2017 after fostering him since 2015. Dillian died in July 2017 at the age of 2.

Now the Grays have stared a project called "Dillian's Place," an all-inclusive park designed for kids of all abilities. Coos County Foster Parent Association and the City of North Bend are also partnering on the project which will renovate Airport Heights park.

The cost of the project is estimated at $350,000. So far the groups have raised $40,000 in cash and $100,000 in construction labor.

The Grays say Dillian's Place will have "many special features that address the many different needs and abilities of kids in our community."

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