Bryn Mawr considers memorial for Accent Signage victims

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December 3, 2012 // UPDATED 5:48 pm - January 1, 2013
By: Ben Johnson & Sarah McKenzie
Ben Johnson & Sarah McKenzie

BRYN MAWR — The Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association is in the early stages of planning a memorial to honor the victims of the Sept. 27 workplace shooting at Accent Signage Systems.

Options include a garden or monument on parkland adjacent to the business at 2322 W. Chestnut Ave. or some other type of memorial near the intersection of Penn Avenue and Cedar Lake Road, a small commercial node residents refer to as “downtown Bryn Mawr.” A small group of neighborhood volunteers is also considering a gathering to honor the victims next summer.

“We’re of the mind this is unfortunately and tragically one of the most significant events in Bryn Mawr, probably ever,” said Kristin Markert, one of the volunteers on the project, during a Nov. 14 presentation to the neighborhood association.

Six people died in the shooting, including the gunman, 36-year-old Andrew Engledinger, who opened fire when he was told he’d lost his job and eventually turned the gun on himself. 

Neighborhood association President Marlin Possehl said Shereen Rahamim expressed interest in some type of memorial to him during a funding event for the victims. Rahamim is the widow of Accent Signage Systems founder Reuven Rahamim, who was among those shot and killed by Engledinger.