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Two memorial stones honoring Freeport alumni to be removed by the school district

FREEPORT (WREX) — The Freeport School District announces they'll remove two memorial stones honoring two alumni who were killed last year.

Kyle Tucker, 35, and Shaun Bradbury, 36, of Freeport, were both killed at the Cedar Inn bar in Cedarville on Feb. 2019.

After their deaths, friends and family raised money to put in two memorial stones at Pretzel stadium at Freeport High School.

On Wednesday, the school announced they'll be removing the stones.

Anna Alvarado, the superintendent of the Freeport School District, sent out a media release regarding the decision.

Alvarado says the stones were installed without prior knowledge and approval of the Community Relations Board. She says the person who was initially contacted about the acceptance and installation of the stones did not have proper authorization to approve either acceptance or installation of the stones.

Alvarado says the Community Relations Board dictates how the board is to handle gifts to the district.

The school district says under policy 8:80, all gifts to the District in excess of $500 require board acceptance and the issuance of a “preacceptance” commitment from the Board of Education. The acceptance must also be consistent with existing laws and other elements of the policy that the board is obligated to implement, according to Alvarado.

Alvarado says the board "empathizes with the families and apologies for any additional hurt that this has caused." She says the Board will work with the families in the process of removing the stones.

Devin Marcum, the man who was found guilty of killing Tucker and Bradbury, was sentenced to life in prison last November.

Andrew Carrigan

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