Fort Worth City Council members on Tuesday evening approved the proposed designation of a memorial honoring an innocent couple who died in a street racing incident.
The memorial is dedicated to Ben and Meg Arbor, 39, who were murdered in November 2020. According to Fort Worth police, the couple were on their way home when they stopped in the path of a street race on West Risinger. The Arbors are survived by four children.
The memorial was proposed by District 6 councilor Jared Williams. At a Fort Worth City Council meeting Tuesday night, Ben’s parents and Meg Arbor commented on the memorial.
“We miss Meg and Ben very much, but we also believe that everything is fine,” said Meg’s father Andy Anderson.
Fort Worth Mayor Matty Parker knew Ben Arbor and said the city council was discussing street racing.
“There are videos that go viral online. Our cops are doing it. These actions have real consequences,” Mayor Parker said. “I am very proud that Jared [Williams] did tonight to get attention. The ascent is a very dangerous corridor, but you have young people who do not think about the results of their actions. Because of what happened, you took two parents away from their children.”
Two and a half years after the Arbors’ death, lead pastor Dale Braswell of Wedgwood Baptist Church said their legacy lives on in the church. According to Pastor Braswell, The Arbors have been associated with the church for about three years.
“This was no ordinary couple. Great family, great kids,” Braswell said on Tuesday. “They have been associated with mentoring many of our young families. These days we have many couples who have moved away from home. Ben and Meg were like big brother and sister to them, mentoring them.”
According to Braswell, Ben Arbor was a candidate for the church’s top volunteer leadership position. He said that in the period since their deaths, their family has received widespread support.
“It shows the impact Ben and Meg have had on their lives. When they are no more, there are so many people there,” he said. “We had people who came from Oklahoma, we had lifelong friends who came from College Station, a lot of people around this family.”
According to Braswell, the couple’s children are currently under the care of family members. The church tried to keep in touch.
“As a family, you mourn the loss of a loved one. I think it’s something you never stop doing. You can move forward, but you never get away from them. I would say that this is where we, as a church, are. They will always be in our hearts, they will always be in our memory,” he said. “We want to continue to honor their heritage while continuing to be obedient to God’s calling as a church.”
The memorial is expected to be erected around early May, a Fort Worth spokesman said.