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Remembering Derrick R. Fudge, A Victim Of The Dayton Shooting

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

We're taking some time on the show today to remember a few of the victims from this weekend's two mass shootings.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Derrick Fudge was in Dayton for a family reunion. The 57-year-old was out Saturday with his son and his soon-to-be daughter-in-law when he was shot.

SHAPIRO: His younger sister Twyla Southall told the local TV station WDTN that Fudge died in his son's arms. She said she was grateful to know he was with his son.

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TWYLA SOUTHALL: That's his only son. He loved his son. But it's so sad that his son was with him because his son - you know, there's that survivor guilt. There's that he-was-in-my-arms-when-he-took-his-last-breath devastation. But - so you can't unsee that, unlive that.

SHAPIRO: Family members told several news outlets that Fudge loved dogs. He had a soft spot for picking up strays and nursing them back to health.

CORNISH: Derrick Fudge is survived by his son, a granddaughter, five siblings and extended family. His niece told NPR he also left behind a dog, whom he loved dearly. Fudge is one of nine people who died in the shooting in Dayton.

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