South Bay Park Dedicated to Jonathan Sellers Charlie Keevers

The Jonathan Sellers and Charlie Keever Outdoor Education Center is a place where children can learn about the South San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

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Childhood friends Charlie Keever, 13, (R) and Jonathan Sellers, 9, disappeared while on a Saturday afternoon bike ride along the banks of the Otay River in 1993. The boys were brutally murdered by a sexual predator in Palm City.
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A South County outdoor education center was dedicated Monday to the memory of the two boys murdered in the Otay riverbed.
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The boys' mothers (L-R) Maria Keever and Milena Sellers-Phillips joined the dedication ceremony where members of the community took some time to remember the boys on November 26, 2012..
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Jonathan's mother, began pushing for a park to remember all slain children, after becoming involved in the search for Poway teenager Chelsea King, who also disappeared from a park in Rancho Bernardo two years ago.
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The center is located adjacent to the Bayshore Bikeway on the southern edge of San Diego Bay in Imperial Beach.
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The center features telescopes for viewing wildlife and 30-foot-wide nautilus shell with pictures of Charlie and Jonathan so the community can always remember them.
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The Jonathan Sellers and Charlie Keever Outdoor Education Center is a place where children can learn about the South San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
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Eight years after the boys' death, detectives tracked down Scott Erskine and identified him as the killer. He is currently on death row at San Quentin.
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Charlie Keever
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Jonathan Sellers
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Jonathan Sellers’ mother tried to hold onto the good memories. “Jon was killed 22 days before his tenth birthday so I remember him coming to me with all those wet kisses and saying, mama, whatcha gonna get me?” Milena Sellers-Phillips said.
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Supervisor Greg Cox along with Mayor Jerry Sanders attended the dedication.
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To visit the park, travel southbound on Interstate 5 to Exit 5A for CA-75/Palm Ave. Turn right on CA-75/Palm Ave and right on 13th Street. Cross Cypress Ave. The park is located in the open field across from the road.
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