Wednesday, July 23, 2014

West Jordan playground to be named for 6-year-old homicide victim

Published: Tue, March 25 5:10 p.m. MDT

 Sierra Newbold

Sierra Newbold

(Family Photo)

WEST JORDAN — A new, $500,000 playground in West Jordan will be named after a 6-year-old girl who was kidnapped, raped and killed nearly two years ago.

The West Jordan City Council decided to name the new playground the Sierra Newbold Playground during its March 12 meeting. The council said the name will honor the girl’s life and the ongoing efforts of her family to fight child abuse.

The new playground will be at Ron Wood Memorial Park, 5900 W. New Bingham Highway.

An official ribbon-cutting is scheduled for May.

The all-abilities playground is meant to include kids with special needs, physically and intellectually.

On June 26, 2012, Sierra was found dead in a canal near her home at 2383 W. 7095 South. She had been taken from her home, sexually assaulted, strangled and then drowned.

Terry Lee Black, 42, who lived in the young girl's neighborhood, was arrested a few days later and charged with aggravated murder. Black's case has been on hold for several months pending a decision from the Utah Supreme Court as to whether a judge or a magistrate should oversee his mental competency hearing.

— Viviane Vo-Duc

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1. Impressionist
Salt Lake City, UT,
March 25, 2014

God bless that family for what they've had to go through.

I'm sorry about your little one.

You'll be able to raise her from where you left off, during the Millennium.
Look forward to that special day.

2. Dante
Salt Lake City, UT,
March 26, 2014

That was a terrible crime. I dislike remembering it. Evil persists in this world. It's curious to me how often and how much evil can invade and overcome the mentally ill. Being mentally ill is a neutral condition--neither good nor evil. Yet evil easily invades the minds of the mentally ill, causing them to behave in ways that harm the innocent.

3. SunnyBrook
folsom, CA,
March 26, 2014

What a beautiful little girl! How does life go on after such a loss? I don't live in Utah and did not hear about this crime when it happened, but it is no less painful to think about now and I'm reminded that eye makeup is not waterproof. To deal with this, I must focus on the strength of a good family who is honoring their little angel by trying to make this world a safer place for all children. Amazing. I will make a point of visiting the playground when I visit in May.