The city paid tribute to two men killed in the Forum Shopping Center attack on Sunday, Glenn Bennett and Donald Surrett Jr.

 The city paid tribute to two men killed in the Forum Shopping Center attack on Sunday, Glenn Bennett and Donald Surrett Jr.

The city paid tribute to two men killed in the Forum Shopping Center attack on Sunday, Glenn Bennett and Donald Surrett Jr.

Craig Van Bruggen was among those who attended the vigil on Monday. When the shooting started, the 33-year-old was in the Safeway, talking on the phone with his wife about his shopping list. He was able to escape unharmed, which he attributes in part to Surrett's bravery.


"It sounds like Donald slowed the shooter down enough to save some lives, and he's a hero," Van Bruggen said. "I never met him, but he will live on in my heart for the rest of my life."


Caroline Beech frequents the store and lives in the same nearby apartment complex where the murderer started his rampage.


"It's just close," Beech explained. "We'd go to that Safeway, and I believe Donald was the guy who put the bananas away." … It is only necessary to be aware, loving, and gentle. It was a pleasure to see everyone."

Morgan Schmidt, a community pastor, urged those gathered to reject the violence that had visited Bend and a growing number of American cities.


"I ask you tonight not to believe that this has to be normal," Schmidt said to applause. "My only request is that we refuse to accept this as the status quo."


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According to police, a 20-year-old man opened fire on the Forum Shopping Center on Sunday evening, a frequent stop for many residents on the city's eastern outskirts.


Glenn Bennett, 84, was shot and killed near the Safeway grocery store's west entrance. Donald Surrett Jr., 66, a store employee, attempted to disarm the shooter inside the store before being killed.


According to police, the assailant then committed suicide. Near his body were a semi-automatic rifle and a shotgun.

Hundreds of people gathered in a Bend park Monday evening under the shade of tall ponderosa pines to remember two men killed in a grocery store shooting the night before.


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A choir sang soft songs, local faith leaders spoke words of encouragement, and mourners – some of whom narrowly escaped the attack on Sunday – laid flowers at the foot of the amphitheater, next to the tranquil waters of Mirror Pond.


"I'm so angry that this is still going on," Bend City Councilor Melanie Kebler told the audience. "I'm so angry that lives were lost needlessly, that terror was felt in our community... But I refuse to accept it. We will not accept it."

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