By Mike Dunn
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The mother of one of those killed in last June’s building collapse on Market Street has launched an online petition for the creation of a memorial park at the site.
City Treasurer Nancy Winkler lost her 24-daughter Anne Bryan in the collapse of the Salvation Army Thrift Shop on June 5th. Bryan had been shopping at the time with a friend, 24-year old Mary Simpson, who also died. Now Winkler has created an online petition at the site change.org, calling on her boss, Mayor Nutter, along with City Council and the Salvation Army, to erect a memorial park at the site, 22nd and Market Streets.
In her petition, Winkler writes that a memorial would – in her words — “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.”
The mayor’s spokesman said the Administration would not comment. The Salvation Army had no immediate comment. By late Thursday, the petition had more than 1,400 virtual signatures. Bryan and Simpson were among six killed in the collapse, which occurred during the demolition of a neighboring building. A grand jury is investigating the disaster.