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EFFINGHAM, Ill. (KSDK) – People in Effingham County gathered on Saturday to honor the life of a young girl whose life was ended all too soon by tragedy.

Willow Park is dedicated to Willow Long, a 7-year-old girl who was stabbed to death near her home in Watson in September. Her uncle pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and will spend the rest of his life in prison for the crime.

The dedication ceremony was held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

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