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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – Samaria Rice says she wants the gazebo where police shot her son last November to be torn down. “It needs to be torn down. It needs to be torn down. It’s a bad thing,” said Rice. “I’m hoping the city will allow me to tear it down and redo the park area.” Almost a year after 12-year-old Tamir’s death, people still come to leave mementos at the spot where he was shot at Cudell Recreation Center. Terrence Greer passes by the makeshift memorial almost every day. “Whatever the mother feels like I feel that she’s entitled to that opinion,” said Greer. The city of Cleveland says it has no plans to tear down the gazebo area, but many in the community say they feel the city should respect Rice’s request. “We need to do whatever we can to help this family get closure,” said Abdul Mincey. “It’s a tragic situation that could have been avoided and it’s all about the family now.”

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