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Memorial Fountain For Edmond Post Office Shooting Victims Runs Dry

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There's no water in the memorial fountain paying tribute to the victims of the Edmond Post Office shooting. There's no water in the memorial fountain paying tribute to the victims of the Edmond Post Office shooting.
Shannon Lynch, who lost her father in the shooting, says the non-operational fountain is disrespectful to the victims. Shannon Lynch, who lost her father in the shooting, says the non-operational fountain is disrespectful to the victims.
Two community groups are trying to return the fountain to its former glory. Two community groups are trying to return the fountain to its former glory.
Fifteen people were killed in the post office shooting on August 20, 1986. Fifteen people were killed in the post office shooting on August 20, 1986.
EDMOND, Oklahoma -

Monday, August 20, marks the 26-year anniversary of the Edmond Post Office shooting.

The tragedy ended with the deaths of 15 people, including the postal employee who pulled the trigger in 1986.

A memorial fountain paying tribute to the victims was built outside the post office in 1989. For the past couple of years, however, the fountain has been non-operational. It sits in pieces with cracks in the concrete and rust on the water pumps.

"I think it's disrespectful to the victims and I think it's disrespectful to the families of the victims," said Shannon Lynch. She lost her father, Richard Esser, in the shooting.

"It's like they don't care."

News 9 asked the U.S. Postal Service what's going on with the fountain. It says the fountain isn't operational because of a damaged water supply line.

The U.S. Postal Service tells News 9 the Edmond postmaster is working with two community groups to give the fountain and sculpture a facelift.

One of those groups, the Quester Club, says repairs to the sculpture alone could run more than $3,000.

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