Community gathers to build playground to honor Schaffhausen girls


The community of River Falls, Wisconsin, gathered this weekend to begin building a memorial playground to honor three sisters – Amara, Sophie and Cecilia Schaffhausen – who were killed by their father in July 2012.

The Tri-Angels Playground is being built at Hoffman Park in River Falls – the three girls will be honored with a customized pieces of play equipment that represent what they were interested in, reports note. The nonprofit organization Unlimited Play helped organize the project.

This will be a way to remember the girls for the way they lived, not the way they died, playground organizers have said.

“Hoffman Park is really going to be turned into a place of remembering the girls,” Samantha Jensen, who helped organize the fundraising effort for the playground, told WCCO. “It’s just wonderful to see the teamwork that’s happening today.”

The playground is expected to be completed in August, KSTP says.

Aaron Schaffhausen pleaded guilty to killing his three daughters, but maintained he was insane at the time of the crime. He was sentenced to life without parole.

Last year, Schaffhausen's attorney filed an appeal, requesting a second insanity trial – that process is ongoing.

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