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Club fire tragedy: speaking out
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Comments on the nightclub fire investigation, which led to indictments Tuesday against the two owners of The Station nightclub and the tour manager for the band Great White:

"They're disturbed. They're disappointed. It's a tough day for them."

-- Jeffrey Pine, attorney for Jeffrey Derderian, who owned The Station nightclub with his brother, Michael Derderian.


"This is a lynch mob, no pun intended."

-- Barbara Magness, said of the anger that survivors and victims' family members displayed at the meeting with Attorney General Patrick Lynch. Magness lost a son and daughter-in-law: Steve Mancini, a part-time bouncer at the club, and Andrea Mancini, who took tickets at the door.


"I'm certainly sure he's not going to let us down and say 'Merry Christmas."'

-- Charles Sweet, of Pembroke, Mass., said before the meeting with Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch about The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, R.I. Sweet's 28-year-old son, Shawn, was among the 100 people who died.


"That night it was convergence of so many wrongs that equaled a catastrophic event. Today we are here, and it's assumed that we are going to hear who is legally to blame for their wrongs."

-- Deborah LeMay, 29, of West Warwick, a fire survivor who went to Tuesday's meeting with Lynch.


"For the most part it is just not knowing what happened to some of these people. That's been the hardest part most of these months."

-- Donna Reis, North Providence, R.I., who lost her fiance, 39-year-old Carl Howorth, of Norton, Mass.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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