The city of Peabody is honoring the memory of the murder victim Kristen Gove Crowley by dedicating a newly added section of the Independence Greenway, Peabody's bike and walking trail, to the slain resident.
Crowley was beaten to death in the woods near her Peabody condo on June 1, 1996.
Timothy Dykens of Cambridge and and John B. Keegan of South Boston are serving life sentences after being convicted for the murder.
The dedication ceremony is taking place on Saturday June 15 at 11 a.m. at the entrance to the greenway near the Hess Express service station at 545 Lowell Street.
“Kristen’s life and the tragic circumstances surrounding her death left a deep impact on so many people,” Mayor Theodore Bettencourt said in an announcement. “We wanted to create a place where Kristen’s family, friends and members of our community could honor the memory of Kristen’s life. We hope the dedication of this portion of the Independence Greenway in Kristen’s name will reflect the very special place she still holds in the heart of so many.”
The new spur of the trail connects to a similar eight mile trail running through Danvers and Topsfield and will include a bench and plaque with Crowley’s name inscribed.
The bench and new bike path spur were paid for by $50,000 of Community Preservation Act funds while Northeast Nursery of Peabody donated landscaping in and around the Crowley memorial.