Mike Turner began hugging others after his son, Logan Turner, was one of the nine people killed Aug. 4 in Dayton, Ohio.
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His only child was killed during the Dayton mass shooting. Now Mike Turner wants everyone to hug.

Few people would blame Mike Turner if his heart were full of rage.

Logan Turner — Mike’s only child and best friend in the entire world —  was gunned down during the Dayton mass shooting on Aug. 4.

>> Logan Turner, Springboro man, remembered as ‘smart and sweet’

In the days since, Mike has been angry, but he refuses to let hate rule the day.

Instead Mike is spreading a message of love and conversation.

>> RELATED: Dad of Dayton shooting victim doing his part to share son’s love of hugging

Mike and What Had Happened Was host Amelia Robinson talk about Logan and the legacy he has left behind.

Through #Loganhugs, the retired car salesman with a big heart hopes to remind people that tomorrow is not promised, and love and a simple hug are very powerful things.

Mike explains why he leaves messages on napkins in restaurants and why he hugged hundreds of people at the recent Gem City Shine concert hosted by comedian Dave Chappelle.

>> 5 shining moments from Gem City Shine

 

HOW TO SUPPORT TRAGEDY FUND

Cox Media Group Ohio, including WHIO, Dayton Daily News and Dayton.com, has partnered with the Dayton Foundation in the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund. The fund allows individuals to make charitable contributions to help the families directly affected by this terrible tragedy. 

>> Dayton.com, Dayton Foundation partner to help victims' families

For more information about the Dayton Foundation, go to DaytonFoundation.org

>> RELATED: Oregon District Tragedy Fund on track to raise more than half a million to help victims, survivors

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