Celebration of Life for Robert Bee Jr.

Local search group Team Bonzai organized the event.

PEKIN - The Pekin area came together today to bring families a day of fun, and the event was free for all to attend. It's for Robert Bee's celebration of life. 13 year old Robert Bee went missing last November. Late July human remains  were found on a property a few streets away from Bee's home. The Tazewell County Sheriff's Office believe the remains are those of Bee, but no identity can be confirmed until DNA results are complete.

Local search group Team Bonzai organized a celebration of life for Bee's birthday this week. His mother attended, and told WMBD she was happy to see such support. 

"It brought joy that everybody's coming together for my son, it shows that there are people that actually care" said Lisa Bee, Robert's mom. 

Local search group Team Bonzai organized a day of fun to help bring the area together. 

"Everything is free, everything, school supplies school clothes, shoes, book bags, toys bubbles, chalk" said Mary Jane Richards, a member of local search group Team Bonzai.

Richards said the celebration goes beyond helping community members with items they made need.

"We need better family structure, so we're gonna try and host more events and bring families together" said Richards.

Lisa Bee said her son was bullied in school, and hopes events like this will help bring an end to it. In her hands, she held a special gift from Team Bonzai. 

"This was his favorite sweatshirt he wore this all the time, they made it into a pillow for me which I can still smell his scent on it" said Lisa Bee.

The closest she can come to hugging her son.

"I've always got a piece of him with me" said Bee.  "He's with me all the time."

There is currently no date on when DNA results will be released. Mary Jane is encouraging supporters to be patient.


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