LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Our Savior's Lutheran Church dedicated their new peace garden Sunday.
The space is filled entirely with plants from the bible and three rain gardens to collect storm water – an effort to go green.
Over the next year, the church plans to add benches, a pergola, and a labyrinth.
Our Savor's Lutheran is just a block away from the apartment where two men shot and killed 20-year-old Sara Hougom.
Hougom, a student at Western, was inside her apartment on the couch when she was shot by a man who claimed he broke in to steal her purse.
The church hopes the garden can unite a neighborhood still shaken from Hougom's death.
"We just needed some place that was peaceful. And with Sara's murder being so close to us and our church, we just felt like this was the perfect thing to do," said Lois Losby, chairperson of property for Our Savior's Lutheran Church.
Our Savior's Lutheran raised more than $9,000 to fund the project.
They also received a grant from the La Crosse Community foundation which will help pay for the garden's irrigation system.
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