VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The City of Virginia Beach is beginning to remove the mass shooting memorial at the Municipal Center.

The memorial has been up since the May 31 shooting took the lives of 12 people inside Building 2.

The items from the memorial were left by people from all over the country as well as here in Hampton Roads.

There's a lot to go through. Workers from the Virginia Beach History Museum will slowly re-locate these items to a long-term spot. The goal is to preserve them.

Everything except flowers, balloons, vases, baskets and lawn ornaments will be carefully documented. They will also be available for the victims' families or stored for potential future uses.

The City will begin to explore options for a permanent monument or memorial in the coming weeks.