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When Tragedy Sparks A Remembrance

Efforts are underway across Cleveland to mark the sites of tragedies that made headlines around the world.

On the east side of town, the former home of a serial killer is being transformed into a memorial garden to honor the lives of his victims.

On the west side, a more spontaneous shrine has appeared where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was fatally shot by a rookie police officer.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, WCPN‘s David C. Barnett explores how a community uses public displays to help with grief and healing.

Guest

  • David C. Barnett, senior reporter and producer for WCPN. He tweets @DCBstream.

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Stuffed animals, flowers and votives are displayed at Cudell Commons Park in Cleveland, Ohio, November 24, 2014  during a memorial rally for Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy shot by police on November 23. Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams on Monday defended the conduct of the officer who fatally shot the 12-year-old who was wielding a replica handgun. Tamir Rice died in hospital early Sunday after two police officers, responding to a 911 emergency call, confronted the African-American youngster at a recreation center. The incident came as Americans awaited a grand jury's decision on whether to indict a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in the St. Louis, Missouri suburb of Ferguson for the fatal shooting in August of black teenager Michael Brown. (Jordan Gonzalez/AFP/Getty Images)
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Stuffed animals, flowers and votives are displayed at Cudell Commons Park in Cleveland, Ohio, November 24, 2014 during a memorial rally for Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy shot by police on November 23. Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams on Monday defended the conduct of the officer who fatally shot the 12-year-old who was wielding a replica handgun. Tamir Rice died in hospital early Sunday after two police officers, responding to a 911 emergency call, confronted the African-American youngster at a recreation center. The incident came as Americans awaited a grand jury's decision on whether to indict a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in the St. Louis, Missouri suburb of Ferguson for the fatal shooting in August of black teenager Michael Brown. (Jordan Gonzalez/AFP/Getty Images)