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Dozier victims remembered

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

There's a push to re-open criminal investigations into former guards at the Dozier Reform School.

People packed the Unitarian Universalist Church to hear stories and the names of 77 victims who's bodies were recently exhumed from unmarked graves.

"Dead, buried and forgotten," Rev. Kathleen Korb said. "This happened because we didn't care. These children were ignored and just thrown away, swept under the rug and forgotten, and I need something to help me deal with that."

Korb opened the church's doors to those who want further investigation into the school and former employees.

In 1950, Bob Baxter spent ten months at the school after he says his mother committed him. A few months in, Bob had enough and escaped. Four days went by without food until the guards found him wandering in the woods. He was beat, tortured, then beat some more, Bob explained.

"That's 100 years of stuff you can't even read about in horror magazines," Baxter said. "I mean, it makes things like the holocaust seem trivial."

Bob is one of many that have signed the petition to criminally investigate former guards, even though the statute of limitations has expired to do so.

"Somewhere along the lines, somebody in the state of Florida is going to have to stand up and say it's time to get this crap over with," Baxter said. "I'd like an apology: the state to say 'this will never happen again to another boy, never happen again to another child.'"

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