SBCC to honor victims of Isla Vista tragedy with memorial

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JESSICA MACIAS, Channels Staff

The Associated Student Government is working to create a memorial grove in remembrance of the victims of the Isla Vista tragedy last May.

“I think we should be putting forth all the money necessary,” said Student Senate President Colette Brown.

According to Mark Broomfield, the grounds supervisor of City College, the memorial will act as a symbol for the healing progress after such a tragic occurrence.

Brown approached Broomfield about three weeks ago with the idea of doing something for the victims of the shooting.

After talking to Brown about her idea, Broomfield has made it clear that he will do all he can to make the memorial happen.

It was proposed that the memorial be put up near the West Campus main entrance.

“Some place easy to get to, but when approaching trees it will be somewhat secluded,” Broomfield said.

Honor trees will be used in hopes of preserving the memorial as long as possible. This particular tree was chosen because they can live up to 150 years.

The plan for the memorial will include a secret garden-like entrance. Flowers and trees will surround the area as well as handmade benches.

Broomfield mentions there are 80 acres of campus opportunity that can be used and he believes the memorial should be put in a place that will not be disturbed. Individual plaques will be given to each of the six victims and each plaque will be placed on their own tree.

The motion was approved by the student senate and work will begin shortly. All members have agreed to participate in the construction of the memorial.

The next student senate meeting will be held at 9 a.m., April 24, 2015.