A grim task: Preserving mementos from the Florida shooting

  • This Thursday, March 1, 2018 photo, shows historian Jeff Schwartz at his home in Parkland, Fla. Parkland’s historians and city officials are aiming to save mementos left at the vast makeshift shrines in the aftermath of a Florida high school shooting that killed 17 people. Parkland city’s historian Schwartz is setting a plan in motion to collect, archive and preserve the Marjory Stoneman Douglas mementos. Meanwhile, school administrators have vowed to build a memorial after the demolition of the building where the Feb. 14 attack took place. (AP Photo/Adriana Gomez)

PARKLAND, Fla. — Under the unforgiving Florida sun, the stuffed animals along the makeshift memorial are beginning to fade. The prayer candles have melted, and the roses have withered.