Memorial marks 8th anniversary of Binghamton American Civic Association massacre

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Monday marks the 8th anniversary of the worst mass murder in Binghamton history.

A memorial was held at the American Civic Association Monday in honor of the 13 people who were gunned down inside the building on April 3rd, 2009.

The gunman shot and killed himself before police arrived.

11 of the victims were recent immigrants taking an English as a Second Language class at the ACA.

They included Henry and Sonia Bernard, immigrants from Haiti who were in their 40s.

Sonia's brother Jean Esther and his wife took in the Bernards' 2 children who are now in college and high school.

Esther is thankful for the support they've received along the way.

"Thank you to the community. For many coming to Binghamton, it's a good community. Nice community. They helped us a lot. I say thanks for everyone," she said.

Monday's ceremony included the reading of the victims names, a moment of silence and remarks from numerous local politicians.

Relatives of 57 year-old Layla Khalil and 60 year-old Maria Zobniw were also in attendance.

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