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Michigan State University honors victims with memorial tree

Reginald Hardwick - WKAR-MSU

Last month, a gunman entered campus and shot and killed three students and injured five others.

In the days following, community members flocked to MSU’s Rock and Spartan Statue to mourn, leaving behind scores of flowers to honor their memories.

Now, university officials have collected those flowers to make compost. MSU spokesperson Dan Olsen says the compost will be used to plant a memorial tree in front of Berkey Hall.

“Students collected 30 bins of flowers. And we expect that will generate more than five cubic yards of compost. That's enough for several trees or a sized garden. But that is something that we intend to use for this tree planting ceremony.”

Olsen says the university is still working out a date for the tree planting ceremony.

As WKAR's Bilingual Latinx Stories Reporter, Michelle reports in both English and Spanish on stories affecting Michigan's Latinx community. Michelle is also the voice of WKAR's weekend news programs.