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Crandon memorial nearing completion


CRANDON, Wis (WSAU) A memorial is almost finished to remember the six young adults murdered when Tyler Peterson opened fire in Crandon almost two years ago.

Project coordinator Gary Mueller says almost 50 contractors and a number of other volunteers are helping build a stone gazebo and walkway. He expects it to be finished by October 7th, the second anniversary of the Crandon slayings. Mueller said victims’ relatives have brought soda to the volunteer workers, or have just given words of support to the memorial project.

The 20-year-old Peterson, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy, killed his on-again, off-again girlfriend and five others at a homecoming pizza party on October seventh of 2007. Peterson later turned the gun on himself as law enforcement was closing in on him. Authorities said he was upset because the girlfriend, Jordanne Murray, wouldn’t see him.

The only survivor was Charlie Neitzel. He said he, too, would have been killed had he not played dead.