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City Of Dayton To Consider Permanent Memorial To Shooting Victims

Dayton Strong memorial in front of Ned Peppers bar in the Oregon District.
April Laissle

Dayton leaders are having initial discussions about erecting a permanent memorial to those who lost their lives in the Oregon District mass shooting on August 4. 

At a press conference earlier this week, Mayor Nan Whaley said the city plans to invite Oregon District business leaders, victims advocates, and other community members to form a committee focused on establishing a public display honoring the victims. 

Since the shooting, some flowers and other items have been removed from a makeshift memorial in front of Ned Peppers. Whaley says the site was cleaned up, but will not be removed until all of the victims funerals have occurred. 

“It was it was looking a little rough and I don't think that's what we want to remember victims either. So that the cleaning of that up I think that was the timely part. We know that people are still mourning and grieving so there's still space there.”

As of Thursday, all but one of the funerals have taken place.