Community creates memorial for Oxford shooting victim Madisyn Baldwin
CLARKSTON, Mich. (WXYZ) — Depot Park is in the heart of downtown Clarkston, a special place for the family of 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin.
It will now house a one-of-a-kind memorial to his death in the Oxford High School shooting.
“Madisyn was at school in Clarkston for six years before Oxford. They say it takes a whole village to raise a child. My village is really the community of Clarkston. They raised and shaped Madisyn into who she is today,” Baldwin’s mother Nicole Beausoleil said.
Beausoleil shares the pride and love she has for her daughter and her best friend.
Baldwin was one of four students tragically killed at Oxford High School.
Growing up in Clarkston, she lived with a real sense of community and is remembered to have touched so many lives.
“They also shaped Payton and Liam. I cannot thank them enough for all they have done for our family. The tribute, the memorial. Payton Elementary School, Pine Knob purchased an Eastern Red Bud. They donated,” Beausoleil said.
The planting of a tree on Saturday, accompanied by a plaque, will take place in a place where visitors can see a playground and bring their pets. Baldwin was an animal lover and someone who always wanted to be around dogs, his mother recalled.
7 Action News asked Beausoleil how she felt when she found out about the memorial.
“Emotion. Knocks home for me. This is our home and the place we used to live, where I watched my children grow. When it blooms, the leaves look like heart-shaped flowers. A beautiful piece in remembrance for her because she was beautiful inside and out,” Beausoleil said.
She says she is grateful to everyone who has reached out to offer prayers. One person in particular led the effort to establish a memorial.
“The principal has helped me in so many ways that I can possibly thank her for. At the end of the day, the memories are all we have. It will be a great place for people to come and visit,” Beausoleil said.
The ceremony Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Clarkston’s Depot Park. All are welcome.