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Memorial event honors Seffner sinkhole victim, one year later

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SEFFNER, FL (WFLA) -

Many people often use the word closure when they hear about a crime or tragedy. But for the family of the man who was swallowed and killed by a sinkhole a year ago Friday, closure may never come.

"We will never have [any] closure. We're behind a fence," said Jeremy Bush, Jeff Bush's brother. "It's as close as we can get to him. He didn't have no proper burial or nothing for him. It really hurts."

It was around 11:00 p.m. on the night of February 28, 2013, when the ground opened up beneath the bedroom where Jeff Bush was asleep. The home on Faithway Dr. is now gone, but the cyclone fence still stands.

Deputy Douglas Duvall, who was first on the scene that night in February, remembers the sound the sinkhole made.

"Rattling like a beast. That's what it sounded like," he said. "It sounded like ... if you've heard a significant earthquake ... You know the roar of the ground as the earthquake is happening. Bits and pieces of the floor, everything falling too."

Duvall feels so close to what happened still, he and his family came to the site Friday. His children placed flowers at the fence. About two dozen other friends and family came to pay their respects. Brenda Bush, the Jeff and Jeremy's mother, sat at the fence for nearly two hours weeping and saying things like "I miss you."

"I know mom is hurting really bad," Jeremy Bush said.

Hillsborough County is still working to take control of the land. If it does, administrators plan on putting up a new fence and a small plaque in Jeff Bush's honor.

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