- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

ARMADA, Mich. (AP) - A garden built in memory of a 14-year-old girl killed last year along a popular suburban Detroit nature trail has opened with help from volunteers and local businesses.

A public ceremony was held Monday at the garden. It’s along Macomb County Orchard Trail in Armada, near where April Millsap’s body was found in July 2014. Dozens of people helped build the garden using materials donated by local businesses. It features flowers and a photo of the teen.

Her mother, Jennifer Millsap, says she didn’t expect such support from people she didn’t know.

Thirty-three-year-old James VanCallis has been charged in the teen’s death. His lawyer has argued there’s no DNA evidence linking VanCallis to her death. A pretrial hearing in the case was held Tuesday.

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