March 22nd Memorial dedication set for Oct. 16

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WESTON, Wis. (WSAW) The dedication ceremony for a memorial honoring the March 22, 2017 shooting victims is scheduled for Oct. 16 at noon. The memorial is at Kennedy Park in Weston.

According to plans submitted to the village the memorial is a four-sided pillar, roughly 7-feet-tall and the base will be 34-inches wide on each side. There will also be an eternal flame on top.

The memorial will honor Detective Jason Weiland, Dianne Look, Karen Barclay, and Sara Quirt Sann, who lost their lives in the shootings.

Resident Cassandra Ambrosius approached the village with the idea after she helped raise $25,000 for the memorial by helping organize the 1st Annual 'Run to Remember' on March 17, 2018. The memorial will not initially cost Weston taxpayers as the construction will be paid for with the money raised during the event. Ambrosius proposed to place the memorial in Kennedy Park because of its proximity to all three shootings.

A letter of support for the memorial was submitted to the village by 'Wausau Metro Strong,' the group of Marathon County leaders which formed after the shootings, to help keep the community safe and informed.

The letter asked the committee to approve the memorial to ensure that the community never forgets the lives that were taken, the pain endured and the immeasurable strength and character of the community.

The memorial is located on Jelinek Avenue across from the D.C. Everest School driveway.