COPLEY, OH (WOIO) - It was one year ago Tuesday that Michael Hance opened fire in the Goodenough neighborhood in Copley Township, killing seven people, including two Copley High School students.
"You never expect something like this to happen...you wake up one morning and somebody snap," said one Copley resident.
As a tribute to the victims, a memorial service was held at 7 p.m. at Copley Community Park.
"A year ago today our serene lives in Copley Township were forever changed," said one memorial speaker.
During the ceremony the victim's names were read before seven purple balloons were released in their memories then yellow balloons, to signify community unity and love.
Among the victims was 11-year-old Scott Dieter, his father Craig Dieter, 17-year-old Copley High students Autumn Johnson and Amelia Shambaugh, Russ and Gertie Johnson and their son Brian Johnson.
Hance was eventually killed by a Copley Police Officer.
49-year-old Rebecca Dieter was shot as well but survived.