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Iowa Children's Museum opens exhibit to honor Andrea Farrington

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An eastern Iowa woman who loved working at a children's museum, will now be permanently be honored there with an exhibit in her name.

Andrea Farrington was just 20-years-old when she was shot to death last year inside the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville. Her killer Alexander Kozak is serving a life sentence for first degree murder.

Andrea was working her dream job at the Iowa Children's Museum inside the mall. She had only worked at the museum for about six months at the time of the shooting last June.

In her memory, the museum is dedicating a turtle exhibit in her name.

Executive Director of the Iowa Children's Museum Deb Dunkhase says, "She loved kids, she loved play, and she just brought so much energy and life to her job."

That life was taken too soon.

"She was taken away so brutally, so we wanted to find a way to remember Andrea that would help us remember all the wonderful things about her...who she was and how she lived her life," Dunkhase says.

The exhibit is home to 17-year-old turtle named Peter, Andrea's favorite.

Dunkhase says, "From the moment she started working here, she was always asking if there was a way we could expand his habitat and build him something new and fun. It was what she wanted."

The design is based off of the children's book "The Rainbow Fish." It's bright and shiny, just like Andrea.

"Rainbow fish gives away all of its beautiful, fancy, light-reflecting scales so all the other fish can have them. Then, there's light in the ocean, that's how we felt about Andrea and how she treated other people here," Dunkhase says.

And just like Andrea did, Peter's new home is bringing joy to hundreds of kids each and every day. "Life must be lived as play."

Dunkhase says, "This was dedicated to Andrea's memory because all of us will remember that she was all about play and joy and bringing joy into your life everyday."

The exhibit was revealed to staff members and 60 of Andrea's family members during a private ceremony on Saturday. Family members say they are very grateful for such a tribute.

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