City establishes committee, fund to explore permanent Oregon District memorial

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A committee has been created in the City of Dayton to discuss the creation of a permanent memorial to commemorate the Oregon District mass shooting on Aug. 4, the city announced Friday.

The committee began the discussions on Friday and was convened by Mayor Nan Whaley.

The work to establish a permanent memorial will be a long-term effort that will include input from the broader community, the Oregon District community, and the victims’ families, as well as survivors.

“This memorial will become a very important site for grieving and remembrance,” Mayor Whaley said in a release. “That is why it is especially important that our community plans together, plans carefully, and has respect for the people who were directly affected by the shooting. Many of those who live and work in the District are still struggling with the tragedy, and we want to be respectful and plan for a permanent memorial with the blessing of those who were and still are closest to the event.”

The Dayton Foundation has created a fund for those who would like to support the creation of the permanent memorial. Fund #8375 was created and donations can be submitted at The Dayton Foundation’s website or sent by mail to The Dayton Foundation (1401 S. Main Street., Suite 100, Dayton, Ohio 45409).

Committee members include:

  • Sandy Gudorf, Downtown Dayton Partnership
  • Sandy Hunt, Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office, Victim Witness Division
  • Rob Jones, Ferncliff Cemetery and Oregon District resident
  • Chris Kershner, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Dan “Wiley” Lafferty, Oregon District business owner
  • Michelle Lovely, Dayton Foundation
  • City Commissioner Chris Shaw
  • Natalie Skilliter, Corner Kitchen and Oregon District Business Association
  • Austin Smith, Ned Peppers and Hole in the Wall
  • Mike Parks, Dayton Foundation
  • Mayor Nan Whaley

Anyone who has an idea for the memorial or is interested in donating art should contact Darius Beckham at or at 937-333-3659.

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