Calif mother wants memorial to daughter saved

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Updated: 2/17/2014 3:21 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Long Beach mother wants the city to allow a memorial to her daughter, who was stabbed to death in 2012, to remain on public property.

The tribute to 9-year-old Xiomara (see-Oh-Mar-ah) Fernandez near the parking lot where she was killed began with flowers but now includes a bench, plantings and bird bath.

It's become a weekly refuge for the late girl's mother, 42-year-old Graciela Fernandez.

Impromptu memorials are common, but the Los Angeles Times reported Monday that city officials say it cannot stay permanently on public property.

They want to work with Fernandez on other options.

The girl's stepfather, Jacinto Zuniga Trujillo, has been charged with one count of murder with the special circumstance that he killed the girl because she was a witness to a crime.

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