Kayla Mueller memorial playground work to begin

Posted at 4:54 AM, Jan 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-29 21:53:08-05

Nearly a year after her death, loved ones gathered in her hometown of Prescott Friday afternoon to pay tribute to Kayla Mueller and dedicate a children's playground in her honor.

Kayla's Hands Playground, honoring Kayla Mueller who was killed while in captivity in Syria, will be located at Prescott's Pioneer Park.

Her parents said they couldn't think of a better way to celebrate their daughter's life and work.

"To see Kayla's Hands, the picture of Kayla, and to know what all of you have done, it is impossible to thank you enough," said Kayla's mother, Marsha Mueller.

The Mueller family started the Kayla's Hands non-profit organization in honor of her work and life.

"To have children come out here and play and enjoy life, and stop the suffering. She would be very proud," said her father Carl Mueller.

The park is set to open in late Spring 2016. 

To donate to the Kiwanis fundraiser for the playground, visit their website.