In 1983, 10 – year- old Jeanine Nicarico was abducted from her Naperville home, sexually assaulted and murdered.
After a drawn out trail, her killer was brought to justice, finally receiving life in prison.
The advocacy center will pay homage to the positive impact Nicarico left on the community, by offering a helping hand to children victimized by traumatic crimes.
“Her legacy is now one of hope, of helping others, of seeking justice” said Du Page County Board Chairman, Dan Cronin.
Pat Nicarico could think of no better way to honor the memory of her daughter.
“She would reach out to children that needed help when she was in school and was always there for them. So this is so appropriate, I really feel her spirit will be here with these children” said Pat Nicarico.
The 15,000 square foot facility will also house the Du Page Family Center, which will aid families going through divorce or separation.
Construction starts at the end of the month and agencies are expected to move into the new center in Fall 2013
NCTV17's Natalie Vitale Reports.