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Events Planned To Honor Oregon District Shooting Victims And Survivors

Thousands fill Fifth St. in the quater-mile stretch of business and entertainment venues of the Oregon District for a vigil honoring the victims of the August mass shooting.
Jerry Kenney
Instead of an in-person vigil, the one year anniversary of the Oregon District shooting will be marked by virtual and personal events.

Tuesday marks the one year anniversary of the Oregon District shooting where nine people were killed and many more were injured. This year’s remembrance events had to be changed to protect people’s health due to COVID-19, but several events are still planned to honor victims and survivors.

Monday at 7 p.m. community members can tune in to a screening of “Dayton’s Darkest Summer: The Rise from Tragedy,” a short documentary about last summer’s tornado outbreak and mass shooting. The film was produced by students at the University of Dayton. Streaming information can be found here.

A short film produced by the theater department at Sinclair Community College will premiere on the Dayton International Peace Museum’s Facebook page Tuesday at 12 p.m. The film tells the stories of three survivors of the shooting. These stories, among many others, were collected in partnership with The Facing Project, which also produced a book and podcast about gun violence in the community. The book, “Facing Gun Violence: It's Always Close to Home for Someone,” is available for purchase at Bonnett’s Book Store on East 5th Street and online.

The city of Dayton has planned nine minutes of silence to be observed at 8:04 p.m. to remember the nine people who were killed. A video tribute to the victims will be available on the city’s Facebook page. Participants are encouraged to light a candle and reflect during this time.

Community members can also place a note at the memorial tree in the Oregon District between the overhead crossing and Lily’s Bistro. Note cards and seed packets will be available at the tree.

More information about these events can be found here. If you are dealing with trauma from last year’s events you can contact the Montgomery County Victim/Witness Division 24-hour crisis hotline at 937-225-5623.

While working at the station Leila Goldstein has covered the economic effects of grocery cooperatives, police reform efforts in Dayton and the local impact of the coronavirus pandemic on hiring trends, telehealth and public parks. She also reported Trafficked, a four part series on misinformation and human trafficking in Ohio.