Crowley was at an outer door to her condo and about to enter with a bag of groceries when the killers dragged her away.
“They may have been lying in wait, and she had no opportunity to see them. ... She fought heroically,” Bonaiuto said.
Bonaiuto was among several Peabody detectives who assisted in an investigation led by the State Police.
“There was certainly a sense of loss across the entire city, that such a young person was taken from us and from her friends and family. ... It was very sad,” he said.
“It was outrageous,” said Bill Power, a member of the Community Preservation Committee, which financed the new bike spur with a $50,000 donation. He remembers being incensed at the idea that the killers had brazenly stalked an unwary Crowley as she purchased groceries. “That was beyond belief. ... It did have a big impact on the city. People were horrified.”
The public is invited to attend the ceremony. Northeast Nursery of Peabody donated landscaping in and around the Crowley memorial bench.