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Memorial created near site of Boston Marathon bombings to be moved

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June 6, 2013: New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, left, walks with Gabriel Gomez, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in the Massachusetts open seat special election, to view the makeshift memorial for the Boston Marathon bombing victims at Copley Square in Boston. (AP)

Mayor Thomas Menino has informed survivors and families of victims of the Boston Marathon bombings that a memorial spontaneously created in Copley Square after the attack is being removed.

Menino says items in the memorial, which include stuffed animals, sneakers, flowers and notes, will be taken to the city archives on Tuesday. He says some items already were taken there to prevent further deterioration.

Menino says a Remembrance Committee will be formed to oversee the creation of a permanent memorial to victims and survivors. He says survivors and victims' family members are welcome to serve on the committee.

The April 15 blast killed three and injured more than 260.

More than 6,400 athletes gathered Sunday on Boston Common for a 10-kilometer race. Marathon men's champion Leslia Desisa of Ethiopia returned his winner's medal to Menino to honor the city and the bombing victims.

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