People in Pekin are painting rocks and leaving them in the community to remember those taken too soon. The rocks are a reminder of a lost loved one. Jeni Gosnell wanted to start the group for Robert Bee Junior, the teenager who ran away from home in November. Local police believe his remains were found last month.
“I decided to start it in honor of him, but then I got to thinking there are so many kids around here that’s passed away way too early you know” said Jeni Gosnell, founder of Heaven’s Angels.
Gosnell’s niece, 9 year-old Haylee Garrison was shot and killed earlier this year. She said Haylee and Bee used to play together.
“My niece Haley, and they were friends, you know he got her started on Pokemon cards” said Gosnell.
Gosnell said the idea came from a similar group in Canton. She hopes to bring a little more joy into a person’s day.
“There’s just too much violence going on, in the whole world you know and the kids are growing up seeing all this violence and it’s not good for them” said Gosnell. “they need to have something positive to do.”
Gosnell said everyone is welcome. When you find a rock, you take a picture of it and post it on the group’s Facebook page. Then you hide it in the community.
“They can paint anyting they want, whether it’s a heart, four leaf clover, a person on the picture, rest in peace to whoever they want to send it to, you know anything as long as you it’s positive, you know be creative” said Gosnell.
Gosnell said a few local businesses have donated rocks for the group to paint. They plan on painting at Robert Cee’s celebration of life September 3rd.
Those interested in joining can head to the group’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/254417891731068