Victim's mother wants memorial park at collapse site

City Treasurer Nancy Winkler, whose daughter, 24, died with 5 others in the building collapse.
City Treasurer Nancy Winkler, whose daughter, 24, died with 5 others in the building collapse.
Posted: September 07, 2013

Philadelphia Treasurer Nancy Winkler, whose daughter was among six people killed when a wall collapsed in June atop a Center City Salvation Army thrift store, has started an online petition to create a memorial park at the site.

The petition, on Change.org, asks her boss, Mayor Nutter, as well as City Council President Darrell L. Clarke and the Salvation Army to finance a park at 22d and Market Streets. By noon Friday, it had more than 1,500 signatures.

Winkler's 24-year-old daughter, Anne Bryan, was shopping June 5 when an unsupported wall at an adjacent demolition site crashed on top of the store. A number of investigations into the collapse are continuing, including a special grand jury called by District Attorney Seth Williams.

In her petition, Winkler says: "The memorial park would be a fitting way to acknowledge the disaster, to assure that it will never be forgotten, and to remind the citizens of Philadelphia of the need for government oversight in building demolitions in order to protect public safety and human lives.

"A well-designed park and memorial may provide healing for the many people touched by this horrific, entirely avoidable, event."

Mark McDonald, a spokesman for Nutter, declined to comment on the petition.

Bryan's best friend, Mary Simpson, also 24, was killed as well. Attorneys for Simpson's family this week filed the first wrongful-death lawsuit stemming from the collapse, naming the owners of the adjacent building, the contractors doing the demolition, the Salvation Army, and others as defendants.


Contact Troy Graham at 215-854-2730 or tgraham@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @troyjgraham.

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