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 McDonald's Memorial

McDonald's Memorial

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Death 18 Jul 1984
San Ysidro (Imperial Beach), San Diego County, California, USA
Burial San Ysidro (Hot Springs Mountain), San Diego County, California, USA
Memorial ID 11353 · View Source
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Memorial for all the people killed in the July 18, 1984 massacre. On that date a man named James Oliver Huberty walked into the McDonald's in San Ysidro, California and opened fire with three semi-automatic weapons into the busy restaurant killing 21 people and injuring 19 more, the youngest six months and the oldest 74. A police officer driving by moments after the shooting noticed three boys lying in the grass, two dead and one "playing dead" so that Huberty would not come out an kill him. Pinned inside the restaurant by police, Huberty was ordered to surrender his weapons and step outside but did nothing and was then shot in the head by a sniper stationed on the roof across the street. Huberty was a welder in Ohio who had lost his job due to his raging temper had moved himself and his wife and kids to California where he got a job as a security guard. He tried to get help for his anger and called a mental health center for an appointment. When the clinic didn't call him back he began an hour-long violent encounter with his wife that ended with Huberty running across the street to the McDonald's restaurant. In the aftermath, the city demolished the restaurant promising never again to build any kind of restaurant in that spot again. Instead, it became the campus of a local college and out front is a memorial to Huberty's victims that consists of 21 hexagonal granite pillars ranging in height from one to six feet.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11353
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for McDonald's Memorial (unknown–18 Jul 1984), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11353, citing Southwestern College Education Center, San Ysidro (Hot Springs Mountain), San Diego County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .