Bryn Mawr garden honors 2012 shooting victims

Garden of Hope and Healing commemorates lives lost in the Accent Signage shooting

BRYN MAWR — A new Garden of Hope and Healing in Bryn Mawr will be dedicated Sunday to the victims of the 2012 Accent Signage shooting.

Sept. 27 marked the third anniversary of the deadliest workplace shooting in Minnesota history. Seven people died in the rampage, including the gunman, 36-year-old Andrew Engeldinger, an engraver at the sign-making business.

The garden is meant to be “a place of contemplation and reflection” and to honor victims of violence, according to a Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association statement.

The garden originally had been planned for a site near the Accent Signage building overlooking Bassett’s Creek. But developing that site was complicated by an underlying patchwork of Park Board and railroad property, private land and city right-of-way.

Those killed in the 2012 shooting included Accent Signage founder Reuven Rahamim, manager Rami Cooks and employees Jacob Beneke, Ron Edberg and Eric Rivers. Keith Basinski, a UPS driver well known to Bryn Mawr residents, also died in the violence.

According to police, Engeldinger began shooting during a meeting with Cooks and another manager, John Souter. Engeldinger’s employment was to be terminated that day for chronic tardiness.

Souter was shot but survived, and has since called for stronger gun control laws.

The dedication ceremony is 12:15 p.m. Sunday on the lawn of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 420 Cedar Lake Road.