COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The family of an Ohio State University student kidnaped and killed after she left her waitressing job in the Short North in 2017 honored her life Wednesday at the place her body was found.
A dedication ceremony for a memorial to Reagan Tokes was held at a newly renovated section of Scioto Grove Metro Park.
During the ceremony, family members became emotional at times, thinking about the tragic way Reagan died.
Her mother Lisa McCrary-Tokes hopes this section of the park will bring a more positive feel to people coming for a visit.
“I knew for as awful as we were feeling that people in the community and in the area had to be feeling the same way because this is where they’re at every day,” McCrary-Tokes said. “I’m like we have to do something that changes that energy and brings back the sense of beauty, and all the elements of nature, and the feeling of serenity, and calm that you typically get when you come to a Metro Park.”
There are five Buckeye Trees because of Reagan’s Ohio State connection, and a pond with birds around and frogs inside because of her love for nature and water.
There’s also a plaque with her favorite shade of blue on it. It reads “In memory of a life so beautifully lived and a heart so deeply loved.”
“Knowing this is here, even though we live a long, long ways away in Florida, this is going to make us be a little bit more at peace with this place where… where Reagan just wanted to live,” her father, Toby Tokes, said.
The Tokes family says these dedications are easy but it helps them keep Reagan’s memory alive.