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MSU Students Paint Over Princess Lacey Messages On Famous Rock

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EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) - A new message now covers the memorial notes people dedicated to 8-year old Lacey Holsworth, who passed away earlier in April.

For 12 days the iconic rock at Michigan State University remained painted for Lacey Holsworth. As of Monday the rock carries a new, congratulatory message for graduating seniors.

Phil Rowe, who guarded the rock from being painted over with his fraternity last week says Lacey's family isn't upset about the rock's new look.

"Her uncle came out and they said how thankful they were that we were guarding the rock it meant a lot to them that nobody was painting over it, no body was vandalizing it,” said Phil Rowe, guarded the rock.

Some social media posts said it was too soon for the rock to be re-painted, but Rowe says the new paint job didn't mean any harm.
"It got re-painted over with something with a purpose. It would give a nice sendoff to our seniors," said Rowe.

Students we spoke to say while it was nice to have the rock painted for Lacey, as per tradition of the rock, a new coat of paint was inevitable. 

 "It was going to happen eventually. It just happened a lot sooner than the people thought it would,” said Stephanie Holmes, MSU Sophomore.
"It's really nice what we did for Lacey, but I just think it's bound to happen sometime, and it's just another memory that gets painted over, that's what the rock is, it's full of memories,” said Sarah Brunner, MSU junior.

The rock carries a different meaning now, but students say Lacey lives on through the memories in everyone's hearts.

By Sharon Yoo, 6 News Intern
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