DAYTON, Ohio — A vigil was held in Dayton’s Oregon District Sunday evening to honor the victims of an early morning shooting. Nine people, who range in age from 22 to 57, were killed and at least 27 others injured when a gunman opened fire in the popular nightlife area around 1 a.m. Sunday.
Dayton city leaders encouraged anyone who would like to share their support to participate in the vigil, which began at 8 p.m.
A crowd at the vigil interrupted a speech by Ohio’s Republican governor with shouts of “Make a change.” As Gov. Mike DeWine told the crowd Sunday evening that the families’ pain can’t be erased, many started chanting: “Do something!”
Mayor Nan Whaley sought to calm them, saying the vigil was intended for the victims and there will be time later for dealing with policy issues.
As names of the slain victims were read aloud, the audience repeated each one.
Here are the names of those who lost their lives:
- Lois Ogelsby, 27
- Megan Betts, 22
- Syed Saleh, 38
- Derek Fudge, 57
- Logan Turner, 30
- Nicholas Cummer, 25
- Thomas McNichols, 25
- Beatrice Warren Curtis, 36
- Monica Brickhouse, 39
People across the nation have issued their support for the victims’ loved ones and the Dayton community as a whole.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine have ordered flags to be flown at half staff in honor of those who lost their lives.
The Dayton Foundation has established the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund to support those impacted by this tragedy. Click here to learn more or make a contribution.
The shooting in Dayton comes less than 24 hours after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas took the lives of 20.