City officials move Trayvon Martin curbside memorial

Items moved to museum, city manager says

SANFORD, Fla. - The curbside memorial for Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old shot and killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, has been relocated, according to Sanford city officials.

Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte announced on Monday that the items placed outside the entrance of the Retreat at Twin Lakes Subdivision in Sanford have been taken to the Sanford Museum.

A group of residents, called the "Concerned Citizens of Sanford," met with city officials on Tuesday to voice their concerns about the memorial being moved. The group says they had no warning the memorial was being taken down and that they had the city's blessing to put it up. They also said it was not in violation of city's ordinances.

"We're not sure exactly what happened and where the communication breakdown was," said attorney Vera June. "We're still trying to have confidence in the city that they are concerned about what the community wants and not just a few people in the community wants. The memorial is what helps people in the community heal."

Bonaparte said he heard the citizens' concerns but didn't agree to put the memorial back up.

According to a release, the items were relocated in an effort to "protect and preserve the remaining Trayvon Martin curbside memorial items." The release also states the city communicated with representatives of Martin's family before relocating the items.

"All the items retrieved have been carefully handled and inventoried," according to the release.

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