Help shape Oregon District tragedy memorial

A passerby takes photos of the wreaths for the nine victims in the 2019 Oregon District shooting. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF

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A passerby takes photos of the wreaths for the nine victims in the 2019 Oregon District shooting. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF

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Community members are being asked to weigh in on what they would like to see in a permanent memorial for the Oregon District mass shooting tragedy.

The 8/4 Memorial Committee has already started gathering feedback at public events, but it also wants people to fill out an eight-question survey about their views.

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Richard Lundin, prepares one of the nine paintings in 2020 for a temporary memorial on Fifth Street.

Credit: Marshall Gorby

Richard Lundin, prepares one of the nine paintings in 2020 for a temporary memorial on Fifth Street.

Credit: Marshall Gorby

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Richard Lundin, prepares one of the nine paintings in 2020 for a temporary memorial on Fifth Street.

Credit: Marshall Gorby

Credit: Marshall Gorby

The survey, which is expected to remain online a little while longer, can be found at downtowndayton.org and theoregondistrict.org.

“Everyone in our community is encouraged to take this survey,” said Sandy Gudorf, co-chair of the memorial committee. “The feedback we collect will be valuable as we work to create a memorial that will support our community as they continue to heal from the tragic events on Aug. 4, 2019.”

The survey asks people to rate how important it is to have a memorial that provides a place to mourn, reflect, celebrate life or be uplifted.

The 8/4 committee also wants to know whether community members believe the memorial should contain the names of the nine people who were killed in the mass shooting.

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A temporary memorial to the nine people killed in the Aug. 4 shooting in the Oregon District. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

A temporary memorial to the nine people killed in the Aug. 4 shooting in the Oregon District. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

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A temporary memorial to the nine people killed in the Aug. 4 shooting in the Oregon District. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

The committee also wants to know if the memorial should provide a history of the tragedy; honor the survivors; address mass casualty violence; and appeal to people of all ages.

The survey also asks how important it is to have the memorial on Fifth Street in the Oregon District.

Some survivors and community members have different ideas about what the memorial should include and where it should go.

Dion Green, whose dad, Derrick Fudge, died in his arms that night, said putting the memorial in the Oregon District means he won’t be able to visit the area without seeing a painful reminder of that traumatic experience.

Jeremy Ganger, a bouncer at Ned Pepper’s that night who helped save lives, said the memorial needs to be in the district where the tragedy happened.

He said that would ensure the lives lost and people harmed are honored and remembered every day, and putting the memorial somewhere else would diminish its relevance and impact.

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Makeshift memorial in front of Ned Peppers in the Oregon District.

Makeshift memorial in front of Ned Peppers in the Oregon District.

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Makeshift memorial in front of Ned Peppers in the Oregon District.

Committee members said this will be a thoughtful process and community input is key.

The committee has been working with survivors, victims’ families and other people harmed by the shooting, but the entire community was impacted, said Sandy Hunt, co-chair of the committee.

“We think it is important to take into consideration the perspectives of as many people as possible,” she said.

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