September 19, 2016
The Cleveland gazebo where Tamir Rice was fatally shot by police, is set to be put on display as a memorial in the Stony Island Arts Bank museum in Chicago.
If you don’t know the horrible story, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was playing with a toy gun when police got a call about someone with an actual gun. Upon arrival, the police officer fatally shot Rice.
According to the New York Times, the gazebo serves as a painful reminder of the incident for Tamir Rice’s mother, Samaria Rice, who wished the gazebo would disappear:
“I just really wanted it destroyed. I didn’t want to see it ever again. It was a bad memory for me and a bad memory for that neighborhood, especially for the children.”
Hopefully the gazebo being placed in the museum will allow people to realize Tamir Rice is more than just a hashtag. He was a young boy with a family and a bright future ahead of him. The gazebo should make his death seem as real as it is.
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