Temple to help remember Parkland victims opens in Coral Springs

Posted at 3:45 PM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 04:35:33-05

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.-- The "Temple of Time" opened in Coral Springs on Thursday. Artist David Best created the Temple, a 35-foot-high piece of art, for the community to come to leave their pain.

The temple has no religious affiliation and is a safe place for people to grieve the 17 lives lost in Parkland last year.

“Healing process for me, to help me heal,” said Lynn Wofchuck, whose daughter goes to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The temple won't be a permanent fixture, the plan is to burn it in three months. Wofchuck said the place is unique to the community and a way for people to come together.

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Throughout the day on Thursday, people came to leave notes inside the temple.

Mother Iris Diaz says she still has trouble with her emotions.

“Can you burn our feelings, can you burn how broken we are, can you burn our fears?” said asked.

The temple will be open from 7 a.m. until dusk every day until the month of May and the temple is set fire.