Diena Thompson helped set fire to the Orange Park, Fla. home where her daughter was held hostage, raped, and killed six years ago Thursday. The burning was part of a training exercise for the local fire department. "Burn, baby, burn," she said as the house went up in flames.
Thompson's seven-year-old daughter, Somer, was abducted by Jarred Harrell on her way home from school and held captive in his parents' former home, in the midst of foreclosure. Harrell later confessed to raping and killing Somer before dumping her body in the trash; she was found two days later in a Georgia landfill. He's serving a lifetime prison sentence.
The home was eventually transferred to Thompson's ownership. From the Florida Times-Union:
The house, owned by Harrell's mother, became vacant and eventually went into foreclosure. The bank transferred ownership to Diena Thompson's Somer Thompson Foundation, which then donated it to the Orange Park Fire Department for the training exercise. Future plans for the property include a possible memorial garden, but Thompson said nothing has been finalized."I get to burn their house down," Thompson told the Times-Union. "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."
[H/T NY Daily News // Screengrab via WJXT]
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