Angel of Hope Statue Dedicated in Honor of BriAnna Kruzel [PHOTOS]
SARTELL -- The Sartell community and those who have lost a child came together Tuesday night in honor of those who have passed.
An Angel of Hope statue was dedicated in honor of a Sartell teen Tuesday night.
Eighteen-year-old BriAnna Kruzel died unexpectedly from natural causes in 2013. After her death, her parent's Randy and Tami Kruzel decided to start a non-profit organization in her memory, What Would Bri Do, to support community education classes and many volunteer organizations. BriAnna spent much of time volunteering and giving back to the community.
Tami says the Angel of Hope is a place for anyone in the community to come to mourn the loss of a child.
"I think that it is important to bring people together. The journey is such a horrible journey and to feel like you are traveling it alone is awful."
Every year on December 6, a candlelight vigil is held at 7:00 p.m at every Angel of Hope statue nationwide. Other than the statue itself, anyone can engrave a paver stone to be placed near the statue in honor of a child who has died.
"You can purchase the pavers through the city of Sartell, on their website it's under the donations tab, and you can purchase a paver, a swing, a bench or a tree. The bench, swing and tree all have plaques and you can put that in memory of your loved one. The paver you put your message to your loved one on it and you can place it at the base of the angel."
Many people have already dedicated pavers to their children. Placed near BriAnna's stone is one for Tom Bearson, a Sartell teen who was murdered, his case is still under investigation.