Plans for Accent Signage memorial go on display in May

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April 19, 2013
By: Dylan Thomas
Shereen Rahamim speaking outside Accent Signage in October, one month after a mass shooting at the Bryn Mawr sign maker.
Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas
Drawings for a "garden of hope and healing" will be presented in an open house

BRYN MAWR — Plans for a memorial honoring victims of last fall’s shooting at Accent Signage will be shown publicly next month, the Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association announced Friday in an email.

A committee of Bryn Mawr neighbors has been working with Shereen Rahamim on a proposal for a memorial garden near the sign-making business. Rahamim’s husband, Accent Signage founder Reuven Rahamim, was one of six people killed by a fired employee in a Sept. 27 shooting at the business located on a quiet Bryn Mawr street near Bassett Creek.

Rahamim and community members planning the memorial told the Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association Board of Directors in March they’d had informal contacts with the families of the other victims, but those families have had very limited involvement in designing the memorial.

“They all seemed to be in agreement and thinking it was a great idea,” Rahamim said at that March meeting.

She added, however, that “some things have changed since” she contacted the families, referring to a lawsuit filed against the company by the family of victim Jacob Beneke. Beneke’s family alleges Accent Signage was negligent in not foreseeing the possibility of a violent outburst by Andrew Engledinger, the shooter.

The committee’s plans call for a memorial garden near the business, possibly connecting to Bassett’s Creek. Drawings of the proposed “garden of hope and healing” will be presented 5:30 p.m.–7 p.m. May 15 in the media center at Bryn Mawr Elementary School, 252 Upton Ave. S.