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Drinking decisions: Gagnon case weighs on people's minds

Aaron Garner says he doesn't think people will listen. "I think it's in the hands of the people that are serving the alcohol." Aaron Garner says he doesn't think people will listen. "I think it's in the hands of the people that are serving the alcohol."
"...I think we're all more cautious about what we do every single day," says Jenni O'Neil. "...I think we're all more cautious about what we do every single day," says Jenni O'Neil.
"Most definitely to begin with, but I'm afraid that down the road, it's always forgotten." "Most definitely to begin with, but I'm afraid that down the road, it's always forgotten."

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TOLEDO (WTOL) -- Does the Gagnon case play on the minds of people as they go out and have drinks? Will this tragedy make an impact?

Jonathan Walsh talked to people Friday night and found some answers to those questions.

What happened that dreadful night will have a lasting impression and an impact on the families of the victims and Gagnon. But when we talked to people out tonight, some tell us they can only hope others will pay attention as well.

"We as a community need to use this experience to make a difference in our busy world to make things safer for our children," says Jodi Griffin.

The tearful mother of Jordan Griffin pleaded with everyone in our area to let this scene serve as an example. Gagnon's attorney echoed that sentiment.

"The scary thing is there are a lot more out there doing the same thing. We need to keep up with the education and try to get the message across," says Richard Sanders, Gagnon's attorney. 

We caught up with bartender Aaron Garner at a pre-wedding party at the Docks in East Toledo. He says when people go out for a night on the town they never think it's going to end badly.

Garner says he doesn't think people will listen. "I think it's in the hands of the people that are serving the alcohol."

"It's up to the people who are not drinking, that are not intoxicated, to make sure those people are safe and on the road."

Some tell News 11 this tragedy will have a lasting effect.

"I think everybody should think about it, and those of us who do, I think we're all more cautious about what we do every single day," says Jenni O'Neil. 

Others, like Geoff Borgelt, are not so sure how long the impact would be.

"Most definitely to begin with, but I'm afraid that down the road, it's always forgotten."

One thing is for sure, the family members who lost their loved ones that night are praying the community keeps them in mind.

Jodi Griffin says, "Please, hug your children tonight with love from all of us."


 

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