Top of the Morning, Sept. 5, 2018

Top of the Morning, Sept. 5, 2018

PHYLLIS WINTERS-WILLIAMS isn't surprised one bit that the memorial garden for YINGYING ZHANG is taking shape so quickly.

"This community cares so much," Winters-Williams said. "What it tells me is what it has told me all along: As an area, we feel so badly about what happened."

Winters-Williams, a Champaign County Master Gardener, was behind the design for the campus tribute close to where Ms. Zhang was last seen on June 9, 2017. She lives only blocks from the site near the corner of North Goodwin and Clark in Urbana and visits the garden daily.

On Friday, cement was poured with the help of members of Chinese Students and Scholars Association, some of whom left handprints as reminders of their volunteer work.

"Lasting sentiments," Winters-Williams called it.

Today, mulch arrives, courtesy of the city of Urbana. Later this week, planting will begin.

The garden, she said, is 30 percent complete. The dedication ceremony (Oct. 11) will take place during Homecoming week at the UI.

"This is an exciting collaboration," Winters-Williams said. "We are all working hard to create a garden of peace and remembrance."