Hundreds Expected at Memorial for Air Race Crash Victims

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The candlelight vigil and tree dedication is set to take place
in a park a few miles from the downtown casino district. A city
spokesman says it's hard to predict if the turnout will be kept
down by a fatal gunfight at a casino in Sparks on Friday night
between rival motorcycle gangs.

Reno's police chief still plans to attend the memorial, but a
number of other law enforcement officers will instead be working on
beefed-up patrols. The Friday shooting took the life of the
president of the San Jose, Calif., chapter of the Hells Angels.

The deaths at the air races mark the third time in three months
that Reno has found itself in mourning over a catastrophic event.
Five people were killed in an Amtrak train crash about 60 miles
east of Reno in June. Five more died in a shooting earlier this
month at an IHOP restaurant in nearby Carson City, including three
members of the local National guard unit.

Grief counselors who've met with family and friends of the dead
and seriously injured from the air crash say it will take many of
them a long time to shake the grief.

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