Memorial Fountain For Edmond Post Office Shooting Victims Runs Dry

Monday, August 13th 2012, 6:33 pm
By: Karl Torp

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.