‘State children’s flower’ to honor victim of home invasion

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A flower favored by the youngest victim of the 2007 deadly home invasion in Cheshire would become Connecticut’s official children’s state flower in proposed state legislation.

The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/1C5Qd0m0 Republican state Rep. Al Adinolfi of Cheshire is sponsoring legislation that would designate four-o’clocks the official “children’s state flower,” a companion to the official state flower, the mountain laurel.

Michaela Petit, who was 11 when she and her mother and older sister were killed, used to plant four o’clocks, her favorite flower, also known as Mirabilis jalapa.

Family members looking for items to salvage from the home, which had been set on fire, unearthed clumps of four-o’clocks. Michaela’s uncle, Dennis Chapman, replanted a few and the Petit Foundation harvests the seeds.

Two men convicted of the killings are on death row.


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