Some 200 people gathered under a gloomy sky at the site of a
former Salvation Army thrift store where six people were killed and
14 injured when a neighboring building being demolished collapsed
onto the shop, burying victims inside under rubble.
"This is one of the worst tragedies our city has experienced in
modern times," Nutter said, standing near the collapse site where a
lone birch tree has been planted in the first step of the memorial
"The first thing I am going to ask is for your collective prayers
for all of us," Nutter said.
Maggie Davis, 75, of Philadelphia, the widow of Borbor Davis, 68,
who died in the collapse, offered a personal remembrance.
"I love my husband dearly," she said. "The way we parted was not the
The collapse remains the subject of a grand jury probe and there
have been 16 civil lawsuits filed.
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The grand jury has already charged two men with murder, involuntary
manslaughter and reckless endangerment in the case. They are:
Griffin Campbell, 50, the contractor overseeing the demolition of
the building next to the Salvation Army; and Sean Benshop, 43, who
was operating an excavator at the time.
(Editing by Scott Malone and Will Dunham)
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