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05.30.07

Remembering Brian Deneke

"He was always there for me and his friends and he deserves this, he's not here to enjoy it so why not just name it after him," says Caroline Lister "He was always there for me and his friends and he deserves this, he's not here to enjoy it so why not just name it after him," says Caroline Lister
"It would be a good feeling to know that Brian is recognized finally in this way," says Mike Deneke "It would be a good feeling to know that Brian is recognized finally in this way," says Mike Deneke
It's important because I'm skateboarding now and I can look up to him and say he was a good skater," says Raymon Holman It's important because I'm skateboarding now and I can look up to him and say he was a good skater," says Raymon Holman

Remembering Brian Deneke. That's what's motivating hundreds of people to log on hoping the murder victim will be memorialized at the Amarillo Skate Park. A petition has been put together to show the city how many people support the idea.

NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg reports on what his family and friends hope would come with naming the park after Brian.

Brian Deneke was killed in December of 1997, victimized because of the way he looked.

He was an avid skater, and now those who knew him best hope to spread the message of tolerance in his memory.

"He was always there for me and his friends and he deserves this, he's not here to enjoy it so why not just name it after him," says Caroline Lister, who went to high school with Brian.

Lister created the on-line petition. She says Brian taught her about acceptance and she hopes the petition will do the same for others. Right now there are close to 900 signatures... And counting.

"I think it would be a good honor for Brian," says his father Mike Deneke.

Although they didn't start it, Brian's family is all for it, hoping it sends an important message throughout the community.

"Think about your actions, don't judge on first appearances, accept differences and people for who they are," says Deneke.

Even skaters who never met Brian are in favor of naming the park after him.

"We honor him in his death. It's important because I'm skateboarding now and I can look up to him and say he was a good skater," says Raymon Holman.

"It would be a good feeling to know that Brian is recognized finally in this way," says Deneke.

According to the City of Amarillo the petition isn't required to name the park. Their Parks and Recreation department would have to approve the idea and recommend it to the City Commission. They have the final decision.

You can access the petition at www.petitiononline.com Search for Brian Deneke.

 

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