IMPERIAL BEACH - An outdoor education center named after two boys killed nearly 20 years ago will open Monday in Imperial Beach.
The mothers of Jonathan Sellers and Charlie Keever will be on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon. The facility is touted as a place where kids can learn about the nearby South San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, view wildlife through telescopes and climb rocks.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and county Supervisor Greg Cox are also scheduled to attend the opening of the center, which will feature a 30-foot-wide nautilus shell with pictures of the two slain South County boys.
The facility was named for Keever and Sellers, then 13 and 9, who were molested, tortured and strangled by Scott Thomas Erskine in March of 1993 after he lured them into a homemade fort near the Otay River bed. DNA technology linked Erskine to the crime in 2001 while he was serving a 70-year prison term for raping a woman.
Erskine was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder along with other charges and sentenced to death. He remains on death row at San Quentin State Prison.