AUSTIN, TX – June 12, 2021 was supposed to be part of a celebration for Doug Kantor. Having recently graduated with a master’s degree, Kantor was visiting Austin from Michigan with friends.
However, a party turned into a nightmare. Kantor was killed in a shootout on 6th Street that injured more than a dozen others.
Fast forward a year, and Kantor’s relatives have invited family and friends of the other victims to join them at the corner of 6th and Neches.
“That’s where he was murdered and we’re not going to let that go,” Larry Lightner, Kantor’s uncle, said at Sunday’s event.
Despite the tragedy, the Kantor family hopes effective change will result.
“Together we can do something positive with what happened, instead of just being another statistic, we can make a positive change for this city,” said Nicklaus Kantor, Kantor’s brother. “So that my brother didn’t die in vain, and we could get some sort of closure knowing that my brother’s life wasn’t taken for no reason.”
Efforts to improve safety on 6th Street have been underway since the shooting. More recently, city council members voted on Thursday to install more HALO cameras and consider equipping bars with metal detectors. Other changes previously implemented include improved lighting and the creation of a nearby designated staging area for first responders.