1-Year Anniversary: Families Remember Kids Killed in Lilydale Landslide

Updated: 05/22/2014 7:07 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

Parts of St. Paul’s Lilydale Regional Park are still closed one year after a landslide there killed two children.

St. Louis Park students 9-year-old Haysem Sani and 10-year-old Mohamed Fofana died during a school field trip at Lilydale exactly one year ago Thursday. Devin Meldahl, who is now 11, was also seriously injured.

Since the accident, the families have settled with the city of St. Paul and the St. Louis Park School District for a total of $1.2 million, which will be split between the three families.

The Fofana family has decided to use its portion to build a school in the Republic of Guinea, his father’s native country. It will have about 350 students and will be named after Mohammed.

Haysem family attorney Paul Godlewski says the Haysems plan to use the settlement to establish an orphanage in their native Ethiopia.

Previous Coverage:

See raw chopper video from last year of the rescuers searching for victims

See raw video from last year of emergency crews arriving at Lilydale

Learn more about why landslides happen

Watch an interview about what the Fofana family plans do to with their settlement money