Mother Burns Down The House Of The Man Who Killed Her Daughter
For grieving mother Diena Thompson, fire is cleansing.
Nearly six years ago, Thompson's 7-year-old daughter, Somer, was kidnapped, raped and murdered on her way home from school.
On Thursday, she took a hatchet to the walls of killer Jarred Harrell's home.
The Florida Times-Union reports The Somer Thompson Foundation gained control of the 29-year-old convicted murderer's house after it went into foreclosure.
Instead of selling the land, 40-year-old Thompson volunteered it as a place to help live train firefighters in the Orange Park, Florida area.
And in thanks, the firefighters allowed Thompson to help.
They reportedly lent Thompson an axe and let her hack into the walls the day before the fire, physically destroying the place that witnessed Somer's last hours.
She told press,
I get to burn their house down... I'm the big bad wolf this time knocking down your door, not the other way around. It's really nice to know that I'm not ever going to have to drive in this neighborhood again and see this piece of trash.
Then, with Thompson's help, the firefighters burned the house to the ground. Only its brick foundations, soon to be leveled, remain standing.
Although there are no official plans in store for the property just yet, Thompson hopes to one day make the place that brought her so much pain into a memorial park or garden.