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Collier County asks family to move memorial of deceased loved one

Posted at 11:12 PM, Aug 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-25 23:12:04-04

GOLDEN GATE, Fla. — Collier County asked the family of David Norgard Jr. to move his memorial after receiving complaints. Norgard Jr. was killed after a roadway incident at the corner of 16th Avenue SW and 23rd Street SW in Golden Gate Estates last March.

"Why would that bother anyone? There's not garbage sitting here, it's nice and clean, it looks good," said Eric Jonack, Norgard Jr.'s brother. 

The family was notified by Collier County last Thursday that the memorial had to be removed after complaints from the public, claiming a code violation. Fox 4 tried reaching out to Collier County but have not received a response.

Norgard Jr.'s mother Sylvia Norgard built his memorial at the scene as a reminder to the person responsible.

"Her reason for putting it here is so that whoever drove by this area and shot her son, which we don't even know yet who that was, that he has to look at his face every day and I think that's an important message," said Suzanne Seekins. 

Norgard says no arrests have been made in the case and her son was killed as a result of a road rage incident.

"I miss him every day. I cannot live without him," Norgard said.

A Good Samaritan living next-door to the memorial agreed to have the memorial placed on his property so the sign can stay in its general location. 

"It is very important for us to see it and remember their loss and what happened here and why," Seekins said. 

Collier County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the case.