In different ways, the survivors and the families of the victims of the Trolley Square massacre will remember today, the one-year anniversary of the shooting rampage that killed five plus the shooter and wounded four others.
The Deseret Morning News asked some of the survivors and the families of the victims to share, in their own words, their thoughts and feelings on the one-year anniversary of the shootings at Trolley Square.
Beyond their words are their actions, what they will do in their own ways to remember the events of Feb. 12, 2007.
Stacy Hanson has been working toward his goal of taking a few steps by today's anniversary.
"I'm going to try. I'm going to try," he said. "It's not going to be alone because I'm not there yet, and I don't want to fall on my butt."
Hanson, who was paralyzed in the shootings, allowed the Deseret Morning News to accompany him to a physical therapy session last month to see the grueling and painful sessions he undergoes to learn how to walk again.
Vickie Walker, whose husband, Jeffrey, was killed and her son, AJ, wounded in the shootings, said she plans to spend today at an LDS temple.
"We're going to do a temple session about the time that Jeff left us there," she said.
Brad Frantz's mother couldn't face being in town this week.
"I want to be away," June Wangerin said in a recent interview.
At Trolley Square, a daylong silent memorial will be held at the mall's south amphitheater. The mall's managers said a wreath will be placed there and a table for candles, mementos and notes to the families.
"Feb. 12 is an extremely painful day for the victims and everyone touched by this senseless tragedy," Tom Bard of ScanlanKemperBard, the mall's managers, said in a statement. "In our conversations with the families, community, retailers and mall patrons, the prevailing sentiment was to mark this day as quietly and respectfully as possible."5 comments on this story
St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral will hold a celebration of the Holy Eucharist in remembrance of the tragedy. The service begins at noon.Wells Fargo Bank continues to accept donations for the Trolley Square Memorial Fund. Funds will be distributed to the victims' families at the end of the month.