Top of the Morning, Oct. 11, 2018

Top of the Morning, Oct. 11, 2018

Wendell Adams donated the striking black stone that is the centerpiece of a garden developed in memory of Yingying Zhang.

"We weren't looking for any recognition — we didn't do it for that," said Adams, who opened Adams Memorials in 1975 in Charleston. "I feel sorry for the family. They've been through a lot."

The engraved stone was delivered Tuesday ahead of today's 2 p.m. garden dedication at the corner of Goodwin and Clark in Urbana. Ms. Zhang's friends and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association suggested the wording, garden architect Phyllis Williams said.

A lifelong resident of Charleston, the 68-year-old Adams travels often to C-U for business and plans to visit the site near where Ms. Zhang, a visiting UI scholar, was last seen.

"Occasionally during the year we give back when we think we can," he said. "This was a good opportunity."

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