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San Bernardino County plans to create a memorial to the terror attack victims

San Bernardino County plans to create a memorial to the terror attack victims
A makeshift memorial sprang up after the the Dec. 2, 2015, terror attack. San Bernardino County officials are formulating plans for a permanent monument to the victims. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

A group created by San Bernardino County is planning a memorial to the victims of the Dec. 2 terror attack that left 14 people dead.

A committee of victims' relatives, county workers who witnessed the shooting and others has been meeting regularly to determine a location for the memorial and what form it will take, the committee said in a statement Thursday.

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The group was assembled by county Supervisor Josie Gonzales. County spokesman David Wert said the names of the other committee members would not be disclosed.

"We have discussed a memorial that will serve as a place where all can remember each of those who were taken from us and the beauty they brought into this world. We also want it to recognize the tenacity of our community to persevere and move forward," the statement said.

The group decided that the memorial will be dedicated primarily to those who died in the attack, but will also recognize those who were hurt and the first responders who stepped in to help, the statement said.

"We intend to create a memorial that celebrates life, and that honors the people who were taken on that terrible day; people who dedicated their careers to protecting the community's health and well-being," the statement said.

In addition to the 14 killed, 22 people were wounded when Syed Rizwan Farook, a county health worker, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, opened fire on a department Christmas party and training session at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

Farook and Malik were killed in a shootout with police hours after the attack.

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