NEWTON FALLS - Everett Greathouse used to cut the grass and shovel the snow of the basketball court at Apache Park.
Saturday, the park on Newton Drive was officially named after the 15-year-old Greathouse, who died a short distance away from the park on July 6 during a quadruple homicide.
A large crowd turned out for the ceremony, which, for November, was held under sunny skies. The Rev. Werner Lange, who led the ceremony, said the dedication was important because it helps to drive the darkness away from a place where evil had occurred.
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Kaylina Weekly, 9, right, holds Matthew Jaster, 6, as they pray Saturday during a dedication ceremony for a park named after a teen killed in a quadruple homicide in Newton Falls earlier this year.
''We have to reclaim this spot and reclaim this area,'' Lange said.
Everett's aunt, Tracy Delphia, said that her nephew would take it upon himself to take care of the park.
''He used to shovel the basketball court so kids would have a place to play,'' Delphia said.
Newton Falls changed the name of Apache Park to Everett Great-house Memorial Park in honor of the 15-year-old who died in a quadruple homicide on July 6.
A former teacher donated the sign.
A family member said Everett used to help keep up the park.
''He would be honored to have this,'' Delphia said. ''I think it's wonderful.''
Pam Croell, a former teacher who donated the sign, said Greathouse was a student of hers when he was in the third grade.
''He was always eager to do things for me,'' Croell said. ''I was very happy to do this.''
She said she decided to donate the sign herself because she wanted the children in the community to know how much she cares about them.
City Councilwoman Nancy Huffman said the city helped to get the name of the park changed from Apache Park to Everett Greathouse Memorial Park.
''We hope this sign and park will help this family remember his spirit and they would have a smile whenever they pass by,'' Huffman said.
Mayor Lyle Waddell could not attend the ceremony because he works for a power company that was deployed to the East Coast to help with Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts.
Investigators said that on July 6, Rob Brazzon, 55, killed his live-in girlfriend, Tracey Engler, 38, then went to his ex-brother-in-law's home at 72 Trumbull Ave. a block away and killed Rikki Cogley Sr., his wife Kathy Cogley, and her son, Greathouse.
Brazzon committed suicide a few hours later as police closed in on him in the Newton Falls Cemetery.