Chapin, SC (WLTX) -- When tragedy strikes a town, sometimes it's hard to find the silver lining. But the death of a local kindergartener brought an entire community together.
On a Sunday morning in Chapin the air is filled with the sound of children.
Thenell Miller says it was quite the opposite on a Thursday afternoon in 2010.
"She is a little quiet and when I went to see about her that's when all the tragedy struck," Miller said.
Miller found her oldest daughter, Omara Aiken, dead.
Authorities say she somehow fell off the porch with her jump rope and accidentally hanged herself.
"Finding her entangled in her jump rope and that was an awful, awful day," Miller said. "That just left the biggest hole in my heart."
Omara was a kindergartener at Chapin Elementary...
Her classmate, Thomas Holstein, remembers the day the teacher told them that Omara wouldn't be in class.
"We were very, very sad and I was very sad that I couldn't play with her anymore," Thomas said.
But in essence, there was a way Thomas could play with Omara.
"I thought what better thing to do for this community than to make a playground," Britt Holstein said. "It would help to bring people together to do it in memory of Omara."
Thomas's dad, Britt Holstein, and his rotary club raised money for three years.
"We brought together not only five service clubs together to build this, but also members of the community have been here all day long helping us as well. So, it's been a whole effort from the whole town," Holstein said.
For three days, the team worked to build the playground.
And on Sunday, they presented Miller with a plaque that will hang on a nearby pavilion.
"I miss my baby. I miss her," Miller said. "I know she's here smiling down. And she's probably over there now joining the kids playing on the playground."
While some measure legacy in awards and achievement, Omara's legacy is measured in laughter.
The playground is located on Meadowlark Road near The Hub.