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Firefighters Burn Down NE Florida Home Where Girl Was Killed

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    Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs a group of bills that will require sexual predators to be locked up longer, and require that more sexual predators be committed for psychiatric review once they finish their criminal sentences, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 in the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. Behind him, from left, are Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, Diena Thompson, mother of 8-year-old murder victim Somer Thompson, and victim advocate Ann Dugger, holding a photo of 8-year-old sexual predator victim Cherish Perrywinkle. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)

    Firefighters have burned down a northeast Florida home where 7-year-old Somer Thompson was killed in 2009.

    The Orange Park Fire Department and other agencies destroyed the home in a training exercise on Thursday, as Thompson's mother and her supporters looked on.

    Thompson was killed after being lured inside the home and sexually assaulted by a man who has since been convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

    Thompson's body was found days after her murder in a Georgia landfill.

    The girl's mother, Diena Thompson, told the Florida Times-Union that seeing the house burn was a cathartic experience.

    Fire crews and other first responders used the burning house in a live training exercise after it was procured by the Somer Thompson Foundation.

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