Ashley Johnson-Barr Day: Senate pays tribute on what would’ve been her 13th birthday

March 12 known as Ashley Johnson-Barr day for the 10-year-old who was kidnapped, sexually...
March 12 known as Ashley Johnson-Barr day for the 10-year-old who was kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and murdered.(KTUU)
Published: Mar. 12, 2021 at 1:45 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Ashley Johnson-Barr’s favorite color was purple. According to her family, she loved sports and bible school.

On Sept. 6, 2018, Johnson-Barr was playing at Rainbow Park in Kotzebue when she disappeared. Friday would have been her 13th birthday.

A week after Johnson-Barr went missing, her body was found outside of town. She had been sexually assaulted and murdered. A short time later 41-year-old Peter Wilson was arrested and charged with her murder.

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In February 2020, the Alaska Senate passed a bill establishing Ashley Johnson-Barr Day to be held each year on March 12.

Friday, Johnson-Barr was honored on the Senate floor with a speech by Sen. Donny Olson.

“I want to thank my friends and colleagues, this group, this building, for wearing purple for Ashley. Her parents Scotty and Josie deserve to see how Ashley’s spirit is still touching us, and as we come together to hold this life, up in celebration and memories, I hope that the burden, their family bares every day, might be lightened with our prayers in unity,” Olson said.

At the end of his speech, the Senate floor stood together and sang “Jesus Loves Me,” which Olson said was Johnson-Barr’s favorite song.

Wilson is scheduled to be back in court this summer.

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