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Alexa finally gets a marker

May 13th, 2014 10:39 pm by Jeff Bobo

Alexa finally gets a marker

Photo courtesy of Karen Hostetler

SURGOINSVILLE — On Tuesday, a new gravestone was placed over the final resting place of Alexa Linboom at the Long Bend Baptist Church cemetery near Surgoinsville. 

The grave was previously marked with only a plastic nameplate for more than two years after the 5-year-old was allegedly murdered by her father and stepmother, Randall and Mary Vaughn. On Jan. 1, 2012, the Vaughns allegedly forced Alexa to drink about 2.4 liters of grape soda and water over a one-to-two-hour span as punishment for taking one of Mary Vaughn's drinks after being told not to. 

The Vaughns are now awaiting trial on charges of first-degree murder.

Earlier this year, Alexa's half-sisters and their mother, who reside in Kingsport, launched an effort to raise enough money to provide a marker for the child's grave. Alexa's kindergarten teacher, Karen Hostetler, also assisted in the fundraiser. 

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