Dion Green on pain, grief and fighting through darkness after Dayton mass shooting and tornadoes

Friends try to offer comfort to Dion Green, the son of Derrick Fudge, during funeral services for Fudge Saturday at St. John Missionary Baptist Church. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Dion Green knows far too personally how hurtful 2019 has been to Dayton.

The Northridge resident’s house was hit hard by the worst of the 15 Memorial Day tornadoes that rocked the Dayton area.

Weeks later, Green and his family faced the unimaginable when what started as a beautiful night in the Oregon District turned into a nightmare.

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A tapestry with Derrick Fudge's picture hangs next to Fudge's casket Saturday during his funeral service at St. John Missionary Baptist Church. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Green's dad and right-hand man Derrick Fudge died in his arms in the heart of Dayton on Aug. 4. The massacre that claimed nine lives was the worst mass shooting in Ohio's history.

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Dion Green is helped up after he collapsed during the funeral service for his father, Derrick Fudge, Saturday at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Springfield. Fudge was one of the nine people killed last Sunday in a mass shooting in the Oregon District in Dayton. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

It and the tornado are among a string of traumas to hit the Dayton area, including the recent killing of Dayton police Det. Jorge Del Rio.

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Green and "What Had Happened Was" host Amelia Robinson talk about the impact the tragedies have had on him and his family. But this episode is also about hope.

Green  shares the adversities he has faced, the forgiveness he’s extended and the faith that has helped him through a very dark year.

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