March 19, 2024 – For years now, a Lexington mother has tried to bring hope to those working towards sobriety. But she came across a disheartening scene this weekend.  Pam Stamper started the project in 2020 to honor her late son, Chelis Stamper, who died at just 29 years old. She said she comes to the property often to do upkeep and to make sure it is a welcoming place for those visiting the fence.

“This should be a proud place to come. It should be serene,” she said.

Stamper said she leases the property from CSX Transportation and has no hint as to who is behind the mess and sign destruction.

“I wish I had answers, and eventually I think I will have them,” she said.

Those in recovery often come to the ‘Locks for Addiction’ fence to pray or reflect. Stamper has been planning to put a memorial garden on the property as well.

“I still have plans. I’ve just hit a big detour,” she said.