- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A sanctuary garden for those affected by the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting is expanding.

The city of Las Vegas will be adding more features to the Healing Garden, which was created also as a place to honor the 58 victims, KTNV-TV reported. They include a fire pit, a walkway covered in greenery and a pear tree.

City officials say they hope to complete the expansion in May with access for the public in June.

A Callery pear tree near the World Trade Center in New York City became known as the “Survivor Tree” after the 9/11 attacks. Its seedlings are given to communities who have also experienced tragedy.

The Oct. 1, 2017 shooting during an outdoor country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip is the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The volunteer-built garden features a tree for each of the 58 victims and an oak that represents life. It was dedicated during the shooting’s first anniversary.

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