Updated 03/20/2010 12:14 PM
American Civic Association reopens to the public
It was nearly one year ago that a student at the American Civic Association in Binghamton walked into the building and opened fire, killing 13 people before he took his own life. Now, officials are reopening the ACA to the public with a special ceremony. Our Janelle Burrell joins us from Binghamton with more.
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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- It was a somber ceremony in Binghamton, as the American Civic Association reopened to the public nearly a year after the shooting that took the lives of 13 people, along with the shooter.
More than 100 people attended Saturday morning's ceremony, including family and friends of the victims. Outside, two benches were unveiled, with the victims' names, ages and countries of origin.
Officials say the ceremony was meant not just to memorialize those who were lost, but also to reintroduce the organization to the community so they can move forward in their work assisting immigrants and refugees transition to life in the US. They say a more private memorial is planned for the actual anniversary of the shooting next weekend.