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Published: Saturday, August 24, 2019 @ 6:00 AM
DAYTON — Dayton is taking steps to establish a permanent memorial to the victims of the Oregon District mass shooting, and now the public can donate to a fund specifically for it.
Less than 24 hours after the shooting, memorials to the victims popped up in front of Ned Peppers Bar and Hole in the Wall. This week they were moved by the city.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said the special committee tasked with creating a permanent memorial in the Oregon District met Friday and set up a fund for the memorial with the Dayton Foundation.
“The temporary memorial was something the community built, and it’s important to have something permanent,” Whaley said.
Daytonians can donate toward the costs of the permanent memorial on the Dayton Foundation website or by check to the fund by using #8375.
Whaley didn’t have a timeline for when the memorial might be in place. She said that she’s talked with other mayors in cities that have had mass shootings. Those mayors told her this would be a long process.
“People are grieving in different ranges. This will take a while, especially as we rely on feedback from victims and survivors,” Whaley said. “We want to make sure we don’t make a decision so fast that they don’t get to have any say in this process.”
In the early hours of Aug. 4, gunman Connor Betts opened fire on East Fifth Street, injuring 26 and killing Lois Oglesby, Megan Betts, Nicholas Cumer, Logan Turner, Thomas McNichols, Derrick Fudge, Monica Brickhouse, Saeed Saleh and Beatrice Warren-Curtis.
Earlier this month, Whaley said there were plans to create a permanent memorial to the victims.
There was some controversy over moving the temporary memorials, as the woman who was caring for the memorials was arrested on Aug. 12. She was reportedly yelling at anyone who came too close to the memorial. The prosecutor declined to approve charges of disorderly conduct against her.
Some were surprised that the memorials were moved on Wednesday by city staff.
When the candles, flowers and signs were moved from the memorial, they were taken to Dayton History to be preserved.