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Six years after a gunman killed 17 people at a Parkland, Fla., high school in one of the deadliest school shootings in American history, the site of the attack is being torn down.

The demolition of the former freshman building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School began on Friday and was expected to take a few weeks to complete, Broward County school district officials said in a statement. Rather than using explosives, workers will tear down the three-story building piece by piece, officials said, starting with the roof and top floor.

Relatives and friends of victims of the attack and members of the school staff observed the start of work from a viewing area set up for them near the building. Other onlookers and journalists watched from across the street.

Officials had originally planned to start taking down the building on Thursday, but flooding and severe weather across South Florida delayed the start of work.

Lori Alhadeff lost her 14-year-old daughter, Alyssa, in the shooting. Her 17-year-old son now attends Stoneman Douglas High, and Ms. Alhadeff says she has long been ready to see the former freshman building come down.


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