Memorial cross causes controversy

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - "I had to bury him in Vidalia, so I really don't have any place to have my memories," explained Laura Wilson, Timothy's mother, as she stared at the cross with her son's initials.

Laura looks forward to visiting the cross every day. Her husband built the six foot wooded structure, adorned with a red ribbon, as a memorial for their son , whom they fondly call Timmy. The cross stands just yards away from where Timmy was shot and killed in the woods behind the Garden Acres Mobile Home Park.

"Everybody grieves differently," Laura said.

But the cross is also just yards away from some homes in the mobile home park. According to Laura, not everyone is happy with the new view.

"We've had neighbors complain and say we're trying to put a graveyard out here," she said. "It's not a graveyard. It's a memorial for my son. It's for me to have some kind of peace, to come and just spend time with my son," Laura exclaimed.

WTOC spoke with Chatham Classic Homes, the management team for the Garden Acres Mobile Home park. They declined to go on camera, but said they don't mind if Laura puts a smaller cross up, farther back in the wood line. But they'd like the bigger cross to come down.

Chatham Classic Homes says they do sympathize with the family and will leave the cross there for now. Laura hopes it stays permanently.

"I'm not trying to offend anybody or hurt anyone's feelings. I'm just trying to have a memorial to my son," she said. "But I'm going to keep fighting. That's what my son would have wanted."

Family and friends are also planning to send around a petition to try and keep the cross up. There are two Face Book pages: Justice For Timmy Moore and In Loving Memory of Timmy Moore.

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