Hundreds of pinwheels planted at Long Island parks for National Child Abuse Prevention Month

The event was sponsored by Kyra's Champions, an organization created by Jacqueline Franchette after her 2-year-old daughter Kyra was killed by her father.

News 12 Staff

Apr 2, 2023, 10:16 AM

Updated 384 days ago

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New York students placed 748 pinwheels at two Long Island parks Sunday to raise awareness of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The event was sponsored by Kyra's Champions, an organization created by Jacqueline Franchette after her 2-year-old daughter Kyra was killed by her father.
According to the organization, the pinwheels represent “23 children, who like Kyra, were murdered by their parent during a child custody case, divorce or separation in the last six years.” The remaining 725 pinwheels represent the death of “New York children in the last decade that have been kept hidden by Child Protective Services, as reported by the Times Union.”
Madison Forman and Shayna Blumenfeld helped organize the event.
“This event is for kids and by kids, so it's really important that we as students and children stand up for our peers and our friends,” said Blumenfeld.
Franchette helped plant hundreds of pinwheels at Blumenfeld Park in Port Washington to honor Kyra the week she would have turned 9 years old. 
Kyra was shot to death by her father during an unsupervised, court-approved visit in 2016. Franchetti has been fighting for the passage of Kyra's Law ever since.
“I miss her every single second of every day,” she said. “Kyra deserved to live. She didn't get that opportunity. She's frozen in time at two years old.”
Franchetti says she hopes Kyra's Law will pass in the next few months. 
“This bill is a common sense reform bill that will make sure the safety of a child is top priority in any custody case. It will also mandate judge training and it will stop common practices that allow abusers to gain custody,” she says. 
Franchetti says she hopes Kyra's Law will pass in the next few months. 
The second pinwheel placing event was held at Mary Jane Davies Green Park in Manhasset. Both will be on display until April 16.


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