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10 Years After Murder Of Poway Teen Chelsea King

Mourners hold up candles in memory of 17-year-old Chelsea King during a vigil...

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Above: Mourners hold up candles in memory of 17-year-old Chelsea King during a vigil at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Poway on March 2, 2010.

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This month marks 10 years since the murder of Poway teenager Chelsea King shocked San Diego. King, 17, was raped and murdered while on an afternoon run around Lake Hodges.

Aired: February 27, 2020 | Transcript

This month marks 10 years since the murder of Poway teenager Chelsea King shocked San Diego. King, 17, was raped and killed while on an afternoon run around Lake Hodges.

We were soon to learn that a disappearance the year before, of Escondido teenager Amber Dubois, was also part of the tragic story.

John Gardner III pleaded guilty to raping and murdering King and Dubois. He was sentenced to life in prison.

King's death led to the creation of Chelsea’s Law, which increased penalties for sex offenses against children. Now her family has created an organization to remember their daughter, Protect the Joy. It’s dedicated to advocating for all aspects of childhood safety.

Caitlin Rother wrote about the murders of King and Dubois in her book "Lost Girls" and joined Midday Edition on to revisit the case.

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