Memorial planned for McKinney |

Memorial planned for McKinney

The Nevada Division of Investigations expects to finish next week looking into the May 10 shooting death of Virginia City resident Bob McKinney.

“Things are progressing smoothly. We will be coming to the end shortly,” said Richard Varner, acting chief deputy of the division of investigations. “It should be submitted to the Storey County District Attorney’s Office sometime next week. They’ll review it and then make the determination to open the results to the public. There are no major stumbling blocks that I’m aware of.”

A public memorial service for McKinney is planned for 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church, 196 South C St.

McKinney’s cousin, Evangeline Tanner, said people will sing and tell stories about McKinney. Afterwards, attendees are invited to the Tanner home, 166 South G St., for a potluck.

Tanner said people are encouraged to bring a dollar to donate to the purchase of a tree, which will be planted somewhere in Virginia City in McKinney’s name.

McKinney’s sister, Peggy Johnson, of Reno, said the family will have a small, private memorial service Tuesday. The family plans to distribute McKinney’s ashes probably near the small wooden building he called home for many years.

“We’re glad they helped Bob when he was alive,” Johnson said. “Now we just want to put Bob to rest.”

McKinney, 56, was shot twice May 10 by Storey County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark McCreary after a confrontation between McKinney and some tourists on the boardwalk at the Firehouse Restaurant and Saloon. McKinney reportedly refused to respond to verbal commands to calm down and pulled a knife on McCreary. He was pronounced dead shortly after the incident.

Some Virginia City residents have protested the death of one they deemed a harmless, local character, blaming McKinney’s death on an over-aggressive sheriff’s department. Some of McKinney’s family members, however, have noted that McKinney had mental problems and could become violent.

If you go:

What: Public memorial service for Bob McKinney

When: 1:30 p.m., Sunday

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 196 South C St., Virginia City

Call 847-9131 for information.

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