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Angel, Monument for Smith Boys Proposed for Lakeside

July 29, 1995

UNION, S.C. (AP) _ A glowing angel and a 6-foot black granite monument bearing a photograph of the boys drowned by their mother could replace the wooden marker and humble offerings now on the bank of John D. Long Lake.

The solar-powered glass angel would stand near the boat ramp where Susan Smith rolled her car, with her sons strapped inside, into the water on Oct. 25.

Ms. Smith was sentenced to life in prison on Friday for killing 3-year-old Michael and 14-month-old Alex.

``We just want to put something in place so people can remember Michael and Alex,″ said Paula Richburg, who held a fund-raiser at a local club and built the angel and the monument.

She declined to show her work and would not say how much money she raised or how much the project will cost, though her plan does include $15,000 in landscaping.

There was no word on whether the state will approve the project, but Mrs. Richburg hopes to have it complete by Aug. 12.

Dozens of people come down to the water’s edge daily to pay tribute to the boys. Many leave flowers, toys or poems near the ramp, at a wooden marker bearing the boys’ photograph.

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