Gathering at scene of 1st of Kalamazoo-area shootings

Tiana Carruthers was first of eight people shot in Kalamazoo rampage

A Community Night of Remembrance at the Meadows Townhomes, where Tiana Carruthers was shot in the Kalamazoo-area shooting spree. (March 5, 2016)

RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — A community gathering was held at the scene of the first of a series of random shootings in the Kalamazoo area.

Six people were killed and two others were injured in the shootings Feb. 20. The Meadows Townhomes, the scene of the first shooting, held a “Community Night of Remembrance” Saturday afternoon.

An undated courtesy of Tiana Carruthers.
An undated courtesy of Tiana Carruthers.

Tiana Carruthers was shot and wounded in front of one of the buildings there.

The Meadows area manager Naarah Potts says the open house-style gathering is meant to be a night of community “uplifting.”

“To come together and just talk about the strength of the community as Kalamazoo as a whole and how we really want to help one another get through things,” she told 24 Hour News 8.

A large canvas was decorated with fingerprints of participating visitors, and the resulting artwork will be displayed at Kalamazoo City Hall and Oshtemo and Richland township halls.

Also wounded in one of the Feb. 20 shootings at three separate locations was 14-year-old Abigail Kopf. Killed were Tyler Smith, Rich Smith, Mary Jo Nye, Mary Lou Nye, Barbara Hawthorne and Dorothy Brown.

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Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette

–24 Hour News 8 contributed to this report.

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