What to Know About the Dayton, Ohio, Shooting Victims

Josiah Bates
What to Know About the Dayton, Ohio, Shooting Victims

Less than 24 hours after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, left 22 people dead, another shooter in Dayton, Ohio, killed nine people, including his sister.

Connor Betts, 24, killed his sister Megan Betts, 22, and eight others before he was shot and killed by police. 27 others were wounded. Police have not commented on a motive for the attack. The other victims were Monica Brickhouse, Nicholas Cumer, Derrick Fudge, Lois Oglesby, Logan Turner, Beatrice Warren-Curtis, Thomas McNichols and Saeed Saleh.

On Friday, the Montgomery County coroner’s office said all the victims except for one received multiple gunshot wounds.

Here’s what we know about the victims so far:

Megan Betts, 22

Megan Betts was the youngest of the victims, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s office.

According to her Facebook page, Betts was a student at Wright State University, in the Department of Biological Sciences. She was also a tour guide at the Missoula Smokejumper Visitor Center.

She was set to graduate from Wright State in 2020.

A classmate, Addison Brickler, described Megan Betts saying she always had a smile on her face, according to the AP. Brickler said she doesn’t understand why Betts’ brother did this.

“It’s harder for me to wrap my head around why he would do this to someone, his sister,” she said.

Monica Brickhouse, 39

Brickhouse was from Springfield, Ohio, according to her Facebook page.

She was working as a recovery specialist for Anthem in Virginia Beach, according to her LinkedIn page. Before that she worked as a Quality Specialist for Bank of America.

In a Facebook post dedicated to Brickhouse, and another victim Beatrice Curtis, Brittany Hart said that both victims were like sisters to her.

“I am in shock! Monica Storey Brickhouse you were like another aunt to me,” Hart said in her Facebook post. “Both of you will be missed so much. I will cherish the many memories I have of y’all.”

Nicholas Cumer, 25

Cumer was a graduate student at Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania, in the Master of Science Cancer Care program, the university said in a statement on its website on Sunday.

“Nicholas was dedicated to caring for others. He was recognized at the 2019 Community Engagement Awards among students who had completed 100+ hours of service,” University President Fr. Malachi Van Tassell said in the statement. “We join the nation in mourning Nicholas, along side all of the victims of this tragedy.”

Cumer was in Dayton for an internship with Maple Tree Cancer Alliance, an organization that helps people with cancer improve the quality of their lives, the AP reported.

Derrick Fudge, 57

Fudge lived in Springfield, Ohio, and graduated from South High School in Springfield in 1978 according to his Facebook page.

Speaking to the Dayton Daily News, Fudge’s sister Twyla Southall described him as a “good man” who “loved his family” as well as his dog Lucy.

She added that Fudge had been in Dayton with several friends and family, including his son Dion, at the time of the shooting.

Lois Oglesby, 27

Oglesby was a Dayton resident, a friend of hers, Marlene Tillman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She had a newborn baby and an older daughter. She was also in nursing school and worked at a daycare, the paper said.

“We grew up as cousins” Tillman said. “We grew up in the same church, on the same drill team. She works at my kids’ daycare. We all grew up in this little town. We’re all family. We’re all hurting behind this.”

Oglesby was in nursing school, according to the AP.

Logan Turner, 30

Turner, who just turned 30 last Tuesday, graduated from Springboro high school in 2008, according to Dayton Daily News. He also attended Sinclair Community College and got an engineering degree from the University of Toledo.

“He was very generous and loving and the world’s best son,” his mother, Danita Turner, told the Dayton Daily News. “Everyone loved Logan. He was a happy go lucky guy.”

Logan had just started working at a machinist at Thaler Machine Co. in Springboro, Ohio.

Beatrice Warren-Curtis, 36

Warren-Curtis was friends with another victim, Monica Brickhouse.

Saeed Saleh, 38

Saleh had moved to the United States just a few years ago, the AP said and was a father of three.

A spokesperson for the family said Saleh was “a very good guy,” according to the AP.

 

This story is developing.