Bud Welch, who has undertaken an anti-death-penalty campaign in memory of his daughter, who was killed in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, will come to the Buffalo area Aug. 31 for a series of appearances.
After a 6 p.m. new conference upon his arrival Aug. 31 at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, he will take part in an Interfaith Prayer Service for Victims of Violence and Against the Death Penalty at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1 in the Canisius College Cultural Center, 2001 Main St.
He also will make presentations at 11 a.m. Sept. 2 in the Newman Center, 222 Temple St., Fredonia, and at 1 p.m. in the Williams Center at Fredonia State College. He will be the main speaker for a 6 p.m. service in True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry St.
On Sept. 3, Welch will receive the keys to the city during a prayer rally at 12:15 p.m. in Niagara Square. He will talk at the University at Buffalo Law School at 2 p.m. and speak to criminal-justice department students at Niagara University at 7 p.m.
His final appearance will be Sept. 4 for the 7 p.m. service in Metropolitan United Methodist Church, 657 Best St.
Welch, a service station owner, was one of the few relatives of bombing victims to speak out publicly against the death penalty. He has written articles and explained his views to President Clinton at a meeting in the White House.
Welch's daughter, Julie-Marie, a 23-year-old graduate of Marquette University, was working as a Spanish interpreter for the Social Security Administration in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Welch was to have had his regular Wednesday lunch with her on the day of the bombing.
Ms. Welch, who opposed capital punishment, lived with her mother, Welch's ex-wife, and was a devout Catholic.
"For the first six or eight months after the bombing," Welch told a Sacramento Bee reporter earlier this year, "I was so full of rage and vengeance I wanted the perpetrators executed. Then I said: How will (Timothy) McVeigh's execution help me? His death will not bring my little kid back. We don't need more bloodshed. God knows, we've had enough."