Papillion, Nebraska – Four decades may have passed, but the tragic event of 1983, where two young boys—Danny Eberle and Christopher Walden—were kidnapped and murdered in Sarpy County, still resonates deeply within the community. To honor their memories and support victims of crimes, Papillion recently transformed a park into a venue for reminiscence and community bonding.
Organized by the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office Foundation, the park played host to its second annual car and motorcycle show. But beyond the revving engines, cheerful banter, and delectable food was a poignant purpose. The event aimed not only to remember the young souls of Eberle and Walden but also to raise funds that would provide vital support to crime victims and their families.
Sheriff Jeff Davis reflected on the event’s significance, stating, “Every crime leaves behind victims. While some incidents may have taken place decades ago, the impact remains, both on the families and those who worked the case.” The foundation’s goal is to extend assistance to Sarpy County’s Victims-Witness Unit, which helps with essential services like housing and medical expenses for affected individuals.
With over 200 cars gracing the event and an entry fee of $25 per vehicle, the organizers set their sights on a fundraising target of $10,000. The event stands as a testament to a community’s commitment to supporting its members and ensuring that victims of tragedies, no matter how old, are never forgotten.