Vigil Scheduled For 1-Year Anniversary Of Kalamazoo Mass Shooting
A candlelight vigil is set to be held on the one-year anniversary of the Kalamazoo Mass Shooting.
MLive reports that the vigil will take place on Monday, February 20 at Kalamazoo's Wings Event Center, in memory of the six people who were killed and the two who were injured in the attack. Also at the event, law enforcement and emergency first responders will be honored.
An announcement is expected to be made after the vigil, by the ForeverStrong Memorial Foundation. Details of a permanent memorial project dedicated to the shooting victims will be discussed.
In the string of attacks February 20, 2016, 25-year-old Tiana Carruthers was shot and injured at an apartment complex, and was the first victim. In the hours that followed, Rich and Tyler Smith of Mattawan were fatally shot at a car dealership, and Barbara Hawthorne, Mary Lou Nye, Mary Jo Nye, and Dorothy "Judy" Brown were all killed at a Texas Township Cracker Barrel. 14-year-old Abigail Kopf was shot and seriously wounded at the restaurant.
46-year-old Jason Dalton has been charged in connection to the shootings; authorities say that he committed the attacks in between driving people around as an employee of the ride-sharing company, Uber. Dalton is expected to plead insanity at trial.
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