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Plans for display in Andrea's memory revealed one year after murder in mall

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CORALVILLE (KWWL) -

It was one year ago today Andrea Farrington was shot and killed inside of Coral Ridge Mall.

The Iowa Children's Museum, where Andrea was working at the time of the shooting is honoring her.

Friday night June 12, 2015 was a night of tragedy as crowds of people rushed to safety in fear of a shooter in the mall.

Andrea was just days away from turning 21.

Her killer, Alexander Kozak, was convicted of First Degree Murder in April, he was sentenced last Monday to life in prison without parole.

Andrea's mother told us her thoughts today as she released a balloon in her daughter's memory surrounded by family and friends.

"I love you baby girl, I miss you terribly. I'd rather be able to hear her and talk to her but that's what I was thinking," Cheryl Farrington said.

One year later, her mother tells us it's hard to believe that much time has gone by.

"I feel like it was yesterday, I mean I remember our last text message that we had together," she said.

The day of the tragedy still so obviously real, Cheryl Farrington flinching at the sound of a balloon popping during our interview.

 "excuse me," she told us after a brief pause from what she had been saying.

June 12, 2016, is a positive one for friends and family as they gathered at the museum to heal.

Plans were revealed for a new display in Andrea's memory.

The plans center around a turtle at the museum, named Peter.

"She loved that darn turtle! I don't know why she loved the turtle but she did," Cheryl Farrington told us.

Soon, Peter will have a new habitat 5-6 times larger than his current tank.

Plans include space for children to crawl under the display and experience the turtle up close.

"Somebody every day will see it," said Cheryl Farrington

She says she will be returning to the children's museum from time to time to visit the turtle.

"I'm so totally excited about the new habitat and being able to crawl underneath it and see him. I'm like Andrea, I'll be right there," Cheryl Farrington said with a smile.

She tells us it's a way for Andrea's memory to live on.

The display is expected to be completed by August.

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