Highland Park will replace the temporary mass shooting victims memorial with a permanent monument

CHICAGO (SCS) — Next Tuesday will mark three months since the mass shooting at the July 4 parade in Highland Park.

Hundreds of people have gathered around two memorials in the city, honoring the seven lives lost, and now the city is starting the conversation about removing the makeshift memorial in favor of a permanent monument.

On Tuesday evening, Highland Park neighbors attended an emotional town council meeting to discuss the future of the town center memorial.

Some say it is a constant reminder of the violence and should be kept away from the busy intersection. Others believe it is a crucial part of the healing process.

“I understand how it triggers some, but for others it’s really a healing force. It moved people from tragedy to transformation,” Lynn Orman said.

“It’s a constant reminder of the tragic events of the 4th. It’s big, it’s bold, and we’re compelled to see it every day, and there’s no respite,” another woman said.

City leaders say the temporary memorial will remain in place until a permanent memorial can be built, but they want that to happen as soon as possible.

They stressed that the community will have a say in the location and content of the future memorial.


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