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Fund Established for Families of Accent Signage Shooting Victims

Donations may be sent to Wells Fargo Minneapolis branch; company announces October 8 reopening

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A fund to benefit families impacted by the workplace shooting at Minneapolis’ Accent Signage Systems on September 27 has been established at a Wells Fargo Bank branch. Andrew Engeldinger, who’d been fired from Accent earlier in the day, returned with a gun and killed four Accent employees and a UPS delivery driver in the shop before turning his weapon on himself and committing suicide.

The victims were Reuven Rahamim, 61, Accent Signage Systems’ founder and a noted pioneer with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant signage for patenting the Raster Braille dot-braille system; Rami Cooks, 62, a longtime Accent employee; Ronald Edberg, 58, a design-production worker at Accent; Jacob Beneke, 34, Accent’s digital-imaging manager; and Keith Basinski, 50, a UPS worker who was on the premises dropping off or collecting deliveries when Engeldinger entered.

The fund, simply titled Benefit Families of Accent Signage, is handled through the Wells Fargo branch at 615 N 7th St., Minneapolis, MN 55411. Wells Fargo customers may transfer funds to Account # 2275129365
Routing # 091000019

For more information, contact the branch directly at (612) 667-1907 or go to www.wellsfargo.com

An Accent Signage Systems employee has announced that the company will reopen on October 8. In a statement received via e-mail, Kim Russell wrote, "On behalf of Accent, I wanted to get in touch and provide a short update on where things stand with us. Our attention this week has been focused on two things: honoring the memories of last week’s victims and planning to resume operations as quickly and efficiently as possible. We will officially re-open on Monday, October 8. That said, we are working hard this week to make sure that we have a handle on pending orders and can hit the ground running on Monday or maybe even get started before that. If your timing is somewhat flexible, please bear with us through this relatively short delay. If it is not, please let us know that and we will do whatever we can to meet your deadline."

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