Final design for Tucson shooting memorial released

Final design for Tucson shooting memorial released

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – The organizers of a large memorial honoring the victims of a mass shooting in Tucson have released the final design.

The Jan. 8, 2011, shooting left six dead and 13 injured, including former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was the target of the attack.

The memorial will be located downtown in Tucson’s historic El Presidio Park and will cost about $4 million. The cost includes a large-scale renovation to the park that includes an amphitheater and a cafe.

The actual memorial is a red steel wall in a diamond-like shape that will feature symbols that tell stories about the shooting, its victims, survivors and first responders.

The January 8th Foundation has already raised about $1 million in private donations and recently received a $50,000 pledge match from an anonymous donor.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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