City Pays Tribute to Woman Slain in Tajikistan

Photo courtesy Simply Cycling
The City Council this week approved a Brand Park memorial for Lauren Geoghegan, a Glendale native killed in 2018 in Tajikistan while on an international bicycling journey. Geoghegan, pictured here in Malawi, spent much of her childhood at the park.

An eastern redbud tree will soon grow in a peaceful corner of Brand Park, alongside a bench for park-goers to rest and reflect on the woman whom the two amenities commemorate.
The City Council this week approved placement of the memorial items that will honor the life of Glendale native Lauren Geoghegan, who with her boyfriend, Jay Austin, and two others were killed in 2018 by militants in Tajikistan who later pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. Geoghegan’s parents, Elvira Muñoz and Robert Geoghegan, approached the city earlier this year about the idea.

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