Lowes employees propose memorial in Brockport for Megan Dix, shooting victim from Lyndonville
BROCKPORT – Brockport Village Board members earlier this month gave their approval to a memorial site for shooting victim Megan Dix of Lyndonville.
The memorial will be located at the rear of the South Avenue parking lot in the village, between a wooded area and the railroad tracks. That is near the spot where Dix was shot and killed on Aug. 25 while sitting in a truck and taking her lunch break in a random act of violence by the perpetrator.
Linda Kruger works at Lowes, where Dix was employed. Kruger represented a group of Lowes employees who would like to build a sitting area and flower garden.
Kruger said work on the memorial will probably begin next spring with a dedication in late spring to early summer. She told Brockport Village Board members on Oct. 2 she has received verbal consent from Dix’s family and has also received interest and support from the Brockport community.
“I’ve been approached by members of the community who really want to have a memorial done, where the community can come together and heal,” Kruger said.
Brockport Mayor Margaret Blackman and Village Board members discussed who owns the land. “We think the land was purchased (by the village) when the extension of South Avenue was put in, but we don’t know where the back line is,” Blackman said.
The area backs up to railroad tracks and gas and water lines also run through the site.
Trustee John LaPierre advised that the group to seek guidance from the village’s Superintendent of Public Works as they proceed with the project.
The plan for the memorial includes a wooden fence for mementoes and a bench. A walkway would be created leading from the parking lot to the memorial.
Kruger says the area will be defined by patio blocks with a remembrance block. Flowers, plants and small ground cover will be planted. Kruger indicated Lowes will be donating materials.
She was asked by the board about maintenance of the site. Kruger said she is seeking help from students at both the College at Brockport and Brockport High School to help install and maintain the memorial garden.
“We want the community to be involved,” Kruger said.