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Columbine School Shooting Memorial Opens

Hundreds of people gathered under blue autumn skies Friday to dedicate an expansive hillside memorial to the Columbine High School massacre victims, after more than eight years of money struggles and occasional disputes.The placid, stone-walled oval nestled in Clement Park is next to the suburban Denver school where two student gunmen killed 12 classmates and a teacher before killing themselves on April 20, 1999, plunging the community into mourning and disbelief."I stood in the park 8 1/2 years ago and I wished I could do something for everybody impacted by Columbine," said Kirsten Kreiling, a member of the memorial planning committee. "All of us were heartsick and all of us were deeply troubled by what happened at Columbine."The memorial consists of a broad oval sunken into the rolling park terrain, sheltered from the breeze that usually blows down from the high mountains on the horizon. The outer wall is called the Ring of Healing. A smaller interior circle formed by a lower wall is...

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