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Outdoor Education Center Named After Slain Boys Opens In Imperial Beach

The mothers of two young boys killed nearly 20 years ago will be on hand today when an outdoor education center named for them is opened in Imperial Beach, according to county officials.

The Jonathan Sellers & Charlie Keever Outdoor Education Center will be opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m. The center is touted as a place where kids can learn about the nearby South San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, view wildlife through telescopes and climb rocks.

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and county Supervisor Greg Cox are scheduled to attend the opening of the center, which will feature a 30-foot- wide nautilus shell with pictures of the two slain South County boys.

The center was named for Keever and Sellers, then 13 and 9, who were molested, tortured and strangled by Scott Thomas Erskine in March of 1993 after he lured them into a homemade fort near the Otay River bed.

The boys disappeared after a bike ride and a jogger found their bodies two days later.

DNA technology linked Erskine to the crime in 2001 while he was serving a 70-year prison term for raping a woman.

Erskine was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder along with other charges and sentenced to death. He remains on death row at San Quentin State Prison.