Family, friends plant tree in Sharpsburg's Kennedy Park in memory of local teen
Tarin Marie Mock made the most out of her 15 years, and her family and friends want her memory to live on.
Tarin, a student at Springdale Junior-Senior High School, died in February. On Saturday, more than 50 friends and family members gathered in Sharpsburg to plant a pink dogwood tree at Kennedy Park in her memory.
The tree was her favorite kind, and Kennedy Park was her favorite park.
Her mother, Cindy Mock of Sharpsburg, said the tree would be a place to remember her daughter.
“This is going to just symbolize that life goes on for her,” Mock said.
Nancy Eazor, Tarin's grandmother, said it was clear from the family and friends present that her granddaughter's memory would live on.
“Tarin did make a mark on this world,” Eazor said.
After the tree was planted, 15 pink balloons were released into the sky — one for each year of her life. Ribbons and flowers were left by the site.
Her boyfriend, Dominic Mason, said Tarin was “unique.”
Her mother said she always tried to help others when needed.
Family members donated the tree and they, along with her friends, will take care of it. The borough also planted a white dogwood tree across from the pink tree.
Cindy Mock thanked people for their support.
“I couldn't do it without all of you,” she said.
Eazor said the planting was just the first way for them to remember Tarin.
“This is only the first of many celebrations of Tarin's life. This is a celebration,” Eazor said.
Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.