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January 8th Memorial Foundation plans to finish campaign

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TUCSON – The January 8th Memorial Foundation is getting closer to breaking ground on a permanent memorial Downtown.

On January 8, 2011 a gunman killed 6 people and wounded 13 others outside a Northwest Side grocery store. Ron Barber almost bled to death. Now he is fighting for a permanent memorial.

“The memorial we’re talking about building Downtown is to them, to the Safeway workers. It's to those EMTs,” Barber said. “It's to the citizens, just ordinary citizens who came to our aid.”

The foundation’s executive director, Crystal Kasnoff, said the board has been thoroughly planning and traveling to other memorials to make sure Tucson’s memorial is done correctly.

“The one thing that resonated with them was to make sure that they took their time and got the public involved,” Kasnoff said, “because the whole community was affected.”

She said the community is still inspired. That was demonstrated during a fundraising effort on the mass shooting’s 6th anniversary.

“We were a little nervous because we were hoping that at least 200 people would show up to make the symbol,” Kasnoff said, “and over 2,000 people showed up to make the symbol. So I think that really speaks to the level of interest of this community.”

The foundation launched a GoFundMe campaign. A donor has promised to match the first $10,000 raised.

“It's really beautiful how our community responded initially and over time, and it's still there,” Barber said.  “And I think we are going to find out how broadly we can get support from the community.”

A more detailed plan will be announced Monday morning.

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