CLEVELAND - A symbol of the deadly police shooting of 12-year old Tamir Rice is coming down starting tomorrow. Crews will begin dismantling the gazebo at the park where the shooting happened, with plans of preserving it to put on display.
"I kind of want it to stay here just so that it's always here as a reminder to us, but then at the same time, I think it's a good idea because it kind of spreads the word," said Cleveland resident Nicole Wheeler.
People continue to sit and reflect beneath the gazebo at the Cudell Recreation Center on Cleveland's west side. Wednesday morning, construction crews are expected to start deconstructing it. Councilman Matt Zone says the structure will be taken to a Chicago Museum, rebuilt and put on display."
"It's a good thing, you know, but we deserve more, we deserve justice, you know what I mean, and Tamir didn't get no justice," said one man, who was sitting under gazebo Tuesday evening.
November 2014, 12-year old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by police when two Cleveland officers responded to a 911 call of a man waving a gun near the gazebo. The gun turned out to be a real looking air soft pistol.
In December, a grand jury decided not to indict the officers on criminal charges, although the boy's family did receive a multi-million dollar wrongful death settlement from the city.
"It's special man, you know, it's sad, but it's special, you know...but at the same time, the man was loved so much...people do these things, you know, to keep him in mind," said the man.
"They shouldn't tear it down because all of Tamir's stuff is here," said his daughter.
The museum is expected to display the gazebo along with items related to other deadly police involved shootings.
"It shows what we've been through and tells the story of what happened here and maybe help prevent many more," said resident Tori Wheeler.
"When I come here, I just think about how tragic a loss it is because it was such a young life, it was such a new life, and I think, no matter the situation, it's tragic," said her mother.
Subodh Chandra, the attorney for Tamir’s mother Samaria Rice, says she is glad to see the painful reminder of her son’s death being removed, but she approves plans to preserve it somewhere else.
There are no firm plans on what will replace the gazebo, but it is expected to be some sort of memorial.
An internal investigation involving the two officers in the case has not yet been completed.