The mall in downtown Dayton, Ohio, named for a woman who died of a heart attack, has been named after a woman whose death spurred protests in Cincinnati.
In honor of Diana Maller, a 63-year-old woman who lost her life on April 9, the Macy’s flagship in the Columbus suburb of Columbus is named after Maller.
The city of Dayton, which had been planning to rename the mall after Mallers father, says it plans to name the mall itself after Mallaras father.
“We felt it was important to honor Maller,” said Scott J. Pritchard, who was appointed the mall’s first director of marketing.
“We also felt it would be important to remember the woman who passed away.”
A public memorial service is planned for Tuesday.
The name was chosen after several community groups expressed concerns about the name and the lack of a formal announcement of a change in name.
A formal announcement is expected soon.
Maller died of congestive heart failure in May 2007, the same month her sister, Dorothy Maller was killed in a hit-and-run accident.
The two women died at age 35.