In 2009 Jarred Harrell lured seven year old Somer Thompson inside his Jacksonville home. He then raped and murdered her and dumped her body in a Georgia landfill.
Harrell pled guilty to murder, kidnapping, sexual battery, and other charges to avoid the death penalty. He will spend life in prison.
The house where Harrell murdered Somer was foreclosed on by the bank and they transferred ownership to the Somer Thompson foundation.
The foundation gave the house to the Orange Park Fire Department for use in training.
The fire department torched the building for training.
Somer’s mom and Harrell’s former neighbors all celebrated as the house burned to the ground. It’s unfortunate that its former owner was safe and sound in a Florida prison cell.
While burning the house down will bring Somer back it does provide a measure of closure for mom and her family.
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