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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Funerals Begin for US’s Dayton Shooting Victims

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7Dnews London - AFP & AP

Sat, 10 Aug 2019 20:13 GMT

The funerals are scheduled on Saturday August 10th for six of the nine people killed in Sunday August 4th’s Dayton mass shooting, which also left more than 30 injured, AP has reported.

The remembrances will take place at churches, and funeral homes, around the Dayton area, as well as in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Another two services are scheduled for Monday, August 12th.

No arrangements have yet been made public for the ninth victim, Megan Betts, the sister of the shooter.

Investigators say 24-year-old Connor Betts, wearing a mask, and body armour, opened fire with an AR-15 style gun, outside businesses in a popular Dayton entertainment district. He was killed by police within less than 30 seconds.

The head of America's powerful gun lobby on Thursday August 8th dismissed calls for tougher restrictions on firearms, saying they would not have stopped the weekend mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

On the other hand, US President Donald Trump said Friday August 9th, there was "tremendous" support in the US Congress, for tougher background checks on gun sales.

Trump has called for keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill since back-to-back mass shootings last weekend claimed 31 lives in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

But he said he had spoken to leaders of the National Rifle Association to ensure their "very strong views" were respected.


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