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D.C. Breaks Ground On Memorial Park For Nine Killed In 2009 Metro Crash

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In this file photo from June 23, 2009 officials continue to work around the scene of a rush-hour collision between two Metro transit trains in Northeast Washington, D.C.
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In this file photo from June 23, 2009 officials continue to work around the scene of a rush-hour collision between two Metro transit trains in Northeast Washington, D.C.

It's been five years since a deadly crash on Metro's red line killed nine people and injured dozens of others. To honor those killed, the city is building a memorial in Northeast D.C.

City leaders, such as D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), say they want to build a solemn, peaceful place to remember the lives lost in the 2009 crash.

"What this memorial will represent — and what I know going over this bridge every day to get to my own home — is that these were great people whose families miss them every day, and very dearly," she said during the ceremony on Sunday.

Bowser, along with Mayor Vincent Gray, several families of the victims and the designers of the memorial were on hand for a ground-breaking on the fifth anniversary of the crash. When its completed the memorial park will resemble an open grove lined with sycamore trees and nine stone statues representing those that were killed.

Carolyn Gamble, the aunt of the youngest victim in the crash, Lavanda Nicole King, thanked the city for the memorial and urged city leaders and public transit officials to honor the victims by focusing their attention on safety over salaries and profits.

"Everyone must be safe when they ride the train, and I pray that everyone will never forget those that lost their lives, because it should've never happened," she said.

The park is expected to open this winter.

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