The family and friends of Nevaeh Buchanan held a fundraiser hoping to raise enough money to buy a playground bench in honor of her. Organizers hope the bench will be a reminder to parents not to let their children out of their sites.
Organizers also plan to set up a preschool scholarship fund for families in need.
"We want to do something that's really positive for people to remember Nevaeh's name because her ending was so tragic and she had such a short life," said Rhonda Farless, a cousin of Nevaeh's father.
Five-year-old Nevaeh, who was abducted and killed earlier this summer, graduated from the preschool program there just days before her abduction. She was taken from her Monroe apartment complex in broad daylight. Police currently have no suspects in custody.
The bench would be placed at Riverside Early Learning Center. It costs several hundred dollars.
Sunday's event was a spaghetti dinner at the VFW Hall on 28045 Joy Rd. in Westland.