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Purple bench honors Kira Steger Trevino

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Keri Anne Steger sits on the bench dedicated to her sister, Kira. Keri Anne Steger sits on the bench dedicated to her sister, Kira.
WAUSAU (WAOW) -

A new purple bench in Wausau is more than a place to rest. It's meant to be a message of hope.

The family of Kira Steger Trevino says it's a way to remember her bright life, rather than her tragic end.

A Minnesota jury found Kira Steger Trevino was killed by her husband, Jeffery Trevino. Steger was last seen alive in February. Her body was recovered from the Mississippi River in May. Jeffery Trevino was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder. He has yet to be sentenced.

"That will never be enough because he took my sister's life and there's no getting her back and there's no hearing her voice, ever again, and for that I feel any punishment that he received is just not enough," said Keri Anne Steger, Kira Steger Trevino's sister.

Kira Steger Trevino's family says "pura vida" are the words Kira lived by. Her sister says it meant "pure life" to Kira.

Now those words are displayed across a big purple bench.

"This dedication is so important to me. It is a beautiful thing. It's a beautiful memorial here and it's in the right spot," said Keri Anne Steger.

The bench now sits outside the Women's Community in Wausau.

"This bench is going to be here a very long time and to me that's very refreshing and heart warming to know," said Steger.

This bench is a purple light of hope shining in the darkness of tragedy.

"It's purple for a reason because purple is awareness about domestic violence so it was very intentional. The message we want to send is there is healing, there is help, and and there is hope," said Women's Community executive director Jane Graham Jennings.

The idea came from a friend who helped make it a reality.

"The fact that she's happy with it, that she likes it, and that it turned out so well, it makes me very happy," said Kyle Osimitz.

Now, it's a message to all who walk by.

"If other people see this, they'll ask questions, 'What does pura vida mean?'" said Osimitz.

Kira's sister knows well what it means.

"She said it all the time," said Steger.

Her family says this was Kira's favorite saying.

"She lived a very beautiful life and unfortunately it was cut short," said Steger.

This purple bench sits to inspire other women who find themselves trapped in domestic abuse.

"It's going to help a lot of people, I believe, in remembering Kira and that they can survive," said Steger.

Kira's funeral will be Saturday at St. Mark's Parish in Rothschild.

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