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Each bears the first name and the age of a victim in the recent Connecticut school shooting.
Andrew Stanley says seeing it really drove home the weight of the tragedy.
"It put it into scope when you hear 24 or 27 kids whatever the number was you don't understand that number until you see all those crosses going for a half mile and you're like wow," said Stanley.
The crosses all stand outside the home of Denny Hastings.
He put them up in hopes of giving people a new perspective on how big a tragedy those 26 deaths represent.
"You can hear it but unless you associate with it see something visually it's hard to comprehend how bad a tragedy it really was," said Hastings.
Hastings says for him the tragedy hit home on many levels.
He has grandchildren the same age as some of the victims including a granddaughter named Olivia that shares the same name and age as one of the victims.
It's one reason why you'll only see first names on the crosses.
Hastings felt people would connect with the names better if they didn't see their last names.
"I think if you use a first name it relates to somebody's family somewhere and that brings it closer to home," said Hastings.
Hastings is now encouraging people who are moved by his memorial to do something about it.
He wants people to do 26 kind acts in the next year in honor of those victims.
Thursday, December 27 2012, 10:24 PM CST
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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