- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - The 11 people who were trampled to death by a rushing crowd at a 1979 concert by The Who in Cincinnati now have a memorial in the city.

Mayor John Cranley dedicated the memorial marker in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday night, telling friends and families of people killed in the tragedy that the city would never forget, The Cincinnati Enquirer (https://cin.ci/1PDUijk) reported Friday.

“I believe in progress, but we can’t move forward without remembering,” Cranley said.

Besides the 11 killed, about two dozen were injured on Dec. 3, 1979, when the crowd rushed a few open doors at the then-Riverfront Coliseum before the show, which was general admission with no assigned seating. The tragedy led to local and state laws regarding crowd control.

David Heck, 19, of Highland Heights, Kentucky, died that night. His mother, Mary Lou Heck, said Thursday that it was hard to come back.

“People think you forget, but you don’t,” she said.

A candle inside a lantern was lit for each of the victims, and a moment of silence was shared Thursday, with cheers as the marker was unveiled.

David Eavey was 11 when he attended the concert. He said his shoulder and hand were crushed and his back was pounded as he was pushed to the ground.

“I waited 35 years from that night to see this,” Eavey said.


Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, https://www.enquirer.com

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