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Davison residents raising money for memorial fund in honor of Omarion Humphrey

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Erika Kirby and Tiffany Kube said they're devastated.

“It was just very sad. When the little boy went missing, I just had to do something because I have kids," Kirby said.

The Davison residents were on the front line of the search for missing nine year old Omarion Humphrey.

"We just hoped and prayed that he would be found safe, and then when he wasn't, it was kind of like a punch in the gut," Kube said.

That search ended tragically on Friday when Omarion's body was found in Lake Callis.

But now the pair wants to do something about it, to turn a tragedy into something positive.

"We are trying to raise the money to get a memorial put up at the lake so everyone can remember him,” Kirby said. “Not just the sad story, but how good of a child he was."

If enough money is raised, this fencing that surrounds the splash pad could be named in Omarion's honor.

Kirby and Kube don't have a goal set on their GoFundMe page, because they want to raise as much money as possible.

Sponsorship amounts at the park range from $100 to as much as $25,000.

"We are trying to raise as much money in one month as we can,” Kube said. “Then at the end of the month, we're going to put the money towards the biggest opportunity they have."

But despite the tragedy, Kube and Kirby say they're dedicate to moving Davison forward.

"I do know that it will be hard for people to come back,” Kirby said. “But I think it's also very important that people understand it's not related to the lake and it's still a very nice place to come to."

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