Terry Smith Jr. Memorial Mosaic Dedication Set for Aug. 2; Volunteer Recognition Day at Storm Stadium July 26

Here are just a few of the 350 hand-painted tiles that will make up the mosaic honoring Terry Sm...

Here are just a few of the 350 hand-painted tiles that will make up the mosaic honoring Terry Smith Jr.
The volunteer group coordinating the creation of a community mosaic in memory of Terry Smith Jr. has announced that a public dedication of that artwork will take place Friday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. at Menifee Market on Scott Road.

Members of the same group have also been instrumental in organizing a volunteer appreciation event at the July 26 Lake Elsinore Storm baseball game in support of the Menifee community and in remembrance of Terry.

Workers will assemble the 350 4-inch tiles painted by members of the community and will mount them as a mosaic on the front wall of Menifee Market, the site where volunteer efforts to find the missing 11-year-old were coordinated. That mosaic will be unveiled during the Aug. 2 ceremony, which will include city representatives and is open to the public.

Organizers of the volunteer group Remembering Terry Smith announced on their Facebook page the dedication of the mosaic, which will include a plaque honoring the memory of Terry. Additional details will be announced as they become available. The group is seeking help from volunteers who wish to give of their time in assisting during the mosaic dedication ceremony.

The Remembering Terry Smith group has stated repeatedly on its Facebook page that it will not get involved in discussion regarding the criminal case. Speculation and accusations have run rampant on social media ever since a body matching the description of Terry was found buried in a shallow grave on the Smith property behind Menifee Market on July 10. Terry's half brother, Skyler Atilano, was arrested on suspicion of murder.

"This page will end shortly after Aug. 2," writes Sarah Reid of the Remembering Terry Smith group on its Facebook page. "But in the meantime, we have a job to do, right everyone? We need to ensure that in all the disputes, anger, rumors and other 'stuff' that is surrounding the criminal case, that we stay focused and assure that Terry Smith Jr's legacy is one of love and community. That is our job here at Remembering Terry Smith. I hope you will all help us to see it through."

Veronica Bocanegra, one of the volunteer coordinators behind these tributes, told Menifee 24/7 she has spoken with Terry Smith Sr., who flew in from West Virginia on Friday. She said she and other volunteers have offered to sit down with Smith and discuss a public memorial, but to her knowledge nothing definite has been pla