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Memorializing Schaffhausen Girls


River Falls, WI (WXOW) - A Western Wisconsin woman is picking up the pieces of her life after the tragic murders of her three young daughters.

Jessica Peterson, formerly Jessica Schaffhausen, is determined to honor the memory of Amara, Sophie and Cecilia. Her three girls were murdered by her former husband Aaron in their Black River Falls home, in 2012. Aaron is serving a life sentence for the crime.

Peterson is determined to remember her children by building a playground called "Tri Angels Playground". She said it's a space accessible for all children, regardless of ability.

"It's something people could interact with and make their own memories and in that way, keep my girls' memories alive," said Peterson.

Peterson, along with friends, family and the River Falls community, have been fundraising for months. So far they have brought in $247,000 but the playground cost $550,000 to build.

To donate to the playground log onto:

Peterson hopes to have the ribbon cutting for the playground next year.

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