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Cairo to memorialize 2 slain in botched bank heist

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CAIRO, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois city where two bank workers were killed during a botched robbery is planning to memorialize the victims.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan ( ) reports that two pink granite benches will be placed in Cairo's (KAIR'-oh's) Halliday Park in memory of slain Anita Joe Grace of Olive Branch and Nita Jo Smith of Wickliffe, Kentucky.

The two women were found fatally stabbed in May at Cairo's First National Bank. A third stabbed worker survived.

Authorities later arrested 29-year-old James Watts, and he's charged in federal court with attempted armed bank robbery resulting in death. He has pleaded not guilty.

The attack's survivor will be honored with a tree and marker in the park.

Information from: Southern Illinoisan,

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