SANTA CRUZ (KRON) — The Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz is known as a space for performing arts, dance, digital media and creative arts that boasts 100 units of affordable housing. After Monday night’s gruesome discovery of 8-year-old resident Madyson Middleton’s body in a dumpster in the complex’s parking lot, the once vibrant community is reeling.
According to the center’s website, “At the Artspace Tannery Lofts we are committed to attracting creative individuals and families from diverse artistic and cultural backgrounds. We encourage all people to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, employment or occupation, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, and status with regard to public assistance, or physical disability. We are especially interested in individuals who are committed to building community and will give some of their time and energy toward this goal.”
A 15-year-old resident was arrested on suspicion of murder Sunday night shortly after the discovery of Middleton’s body close to where she went missing. The boy’s mother screamed as her son was taken into custody, which was all captured in a KRON 4 live report.
As the Tannery Arts Community grapples with this unfathomable tragedy, police race to answer dozens of questions, the most important of them–why?