CLEVELAND -- Big changes are coming to Cudell Park on Cleveland’s near west side. The gazebo where Tamir Rice was fatally shot will be coming down next week.
Seen repeatedly on surveillance video, it framed the 12-year old’s final moments.
There are tokens of love for the family next to a garden created in his memory, yet the Rice family still wants the gazebo gone.
“It’s not in great shape,” their attorney, Subodh Chandra, said. “And it’s been a place in which, my understanding is, that you know there’ve been people who haven’t been healthy for the community congregating underneath it. And then, of course, it’s a symbol of pain for this family and for the community.”
Patricia Stanley lives across the street and supports removing the gazebo. She says the community has improved since the shooting.
“People are more kinder to one another,” she said, “And I hear some of my neighbors with kids ‘no don’t take that outside, don’t take the toy gun outside.’ We know that now,” she said.
Chandra said the family had an informal agreement with the city to replace the gazebo with a memorial. There is no word on what it would look like or how soon it might be built.
A spokesman with the city said they could not proceed with the project until the gazebo was no longer needed for evidential purposes.