Mayor forms mass shooting memorial committee

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ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The Labor Day weekend mass shooting is a moment in time that will not soon be forgotten by those in Midland and Odessa.

Seven people were killed in the mass shooting and more than 20 were injured.

As we approach the one-year anniversary of that day, Mayor David Turner has announced the formation of a committee that will choose an artist for a memorial art piece.

The committee includes some familiar faces including, Turner, Renee Earls with the Chamber of Commerce, Richard Gillham, Randy Ham with Odessa Arts, John Jameson of United Grocery, Ryan Patton of Young Professionals of Odessa, Lorraine Perryman and eight representatives of victims and their families.

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“Our community was deeply affected by the events of August 31, 2019. People need a place to reflect, remember and heal,” Mayor Turner said in a statement. “Commissioner a piece of art for the community will give us all a chance to honor the victims and their families, as well as our first responders.”

With a budget of $300,000, the committee will narrow down the artists to three finalists who will create a proposal for the planned site a Memorial Gardens Park.

The artist will be announced in August.

Officials with Odessa Arts say the budget will be comprised of a combination os hotel occupancy tax and private donations.

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