Littleton, Colo. (AP) Nearly eight years after the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School, a permanent memorial will be dedicated today in honor of those killed.
The memorial originally was a $2.5 million project but was scaled back and delayed while the Columbine community focused first on rebuilding the school library, where many victims were shot.
The memorial will sit in a park next to the school and will include 13 stations for each slain victim, with messages from their families etched into the stone walls.
Tom Mauser, whose son was killed, said he hoped people curious about the massacre would be drawn to the memorial instead of the school from now on. He said it would help them reflect on the victims and how the community responded to the massacre, rather than on the gunmen.