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Iowa native spearheads 'Healing Garden' for Las Vegas shooting victims

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Hundreds of volunteers have been working to create a place of peace, following the deadly Las Vegas shooting that rocked not only the city, but the nation less than a week ago.

"We wanted to create a project to draw people together, to work together, to take their mind off of what happened. Not forget, but just for everybody to work together, talk and share their stories," said Jay Pleggenkuhle, who has been leading the charge on the project.

Pleggenkuhle is an Iowa native who was born and raised in Fredricksburg, Iowa. He is now the co-owner of Stonerose Landscaping in Las Vegas.

"We don't have a garden or a place for everyone to gather and help heal," said Pleggenkuhle.

Pleggenkuhle and his business partner approached the City of Las Vegas about building a temporary garden.  The city instead donated a piece of land downtown for a permanent garden and, in just three days, the community has created not only a place to heal, but a place to never forget.

"It is actually very humbling, when you think about sketching something on a napkin and, all of a sudden, several thousand people are involved in creating this garden," said Pleggenkuhle.

Pleggenkuhle says thousands of people from across the country have donated their time and resources to create the garden.

The garden opened Friday evening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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