Families Remember The Station Nightclub Tragedy Eleven Years Later

Feb 20, 2014

Thursday marks eleven years since the Station nightclub fire that killed 100 people and injured 200.

Site of the former Station Nightclub in West Warwick.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

At 18 years old, Nicholas O’Neil was the youngest victim. His band, Shryne, was going to open for Great White the following night, so he was at the club on February 20th, 2003 to check out the place. O’Neil’s dad, Dave Kane, said he thinks about his son every day.

“It’s interesting people say to me, ‘oh geez, I hope I’m not bringing up a bad memory.’ Like I forgot. I mean, we have this every day, the knowledge of what has happened and the aftermath, we live it every day.”

Although labor and materials have been donated to build a permanent memorial where the Station nightclub once stood, the foundation behind the memorial says it’s been a struggle to raise the $1.4 million needed for the project.

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