Volunteers storing tributes at UMC - Tucson News Now

Volunteers storing tributes at UMC

By Karla Ronquillo - email

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - Volunteers will be taking down the memorial at University Medical Center in honor of the victims of the January 8th shooting.

Hundreds of keepsakes from the hospital's front lawn will be boxed on Friday.

The display of messages, flowers, candles and other items has steadily grown since the shooting that killed six and injured 13, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Volunteers will also be boxing the tributes placed at Congresswoman Giffords' office and at the shooting location at Safeway on Ina and Oracle

UMC officials say it will archive and store the tributes until the community comes to a decision on how best to preserve and display them.

One of the options being looked at is a possible permanent memorial.

An archivist from the University of Arizona Library Special Collections will assist in the efforts.

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