The city of Sanford, Fla., might pay homage to Trayvon Martin by placing a memorial in the city.
City officials removed memorial items from outside the subdivision where the 17-year-old teen was shot by George Zimmerman on Feb. 26. Residents complained that the makeshift memorial consisting of teddy bears, balloons and silk flowers was an eyesore.
“It had gotten incredibly shabby. It just looked horrible,” said Patty Mahany, a city commissioner. “It was no longer a fitting memorial.”
The removal of the items has triggered an uproar. Martin supporters claim that some of the residents and government officials are trying to forget about Martin’s death. Their complaints have prompted the consideration of a permanent memorial.
But if a memorial is built, it won’t be go up without a fight. The United Sanford Alliance is planning to petition the proposed memorial.
“It’s extremely unpalatable to the majority of the residents, it’s disdainful because we don’t know yet who the victim was and who the aggressor was,” said Frank Taffe, a friend of Zimmerman.
The group responsible for the temporary memorial, the Concerned Citizens of Sanford, is considering different ideas for a more permanent memorial.
Francis Oliver, a member of the Concerned Citizens of Sanford, told NBCNews.com that Taffe’s comment is irrelevant.
“We know who’s dead, don’t we?” said Oliver. “Memorials are for the dead, not the living. This was a young life.”
The original memorial items were placed in the Sanford Museum.