DALLAS — “Wow! So many lights!” exclaimed Santa Claus as he gazed out over Main Street Garden on Saturday night at the debut of City Lights 2012 in downtown Dallas.
“We're watching something so industrial come to life,” said David Derr of Planet Productions.
This was the last project Shawn “Magic” Mohr’s hands would be a part of.
“His magic will be felt in Dallas forever,” was heard throughout the garden as the night’s festivities were dedicated to Mohr by Downtown Dallas Inc. and the Planet Productions team he worked for.
On Friday November 2, Mohr and the production team installed decorative globes along Main Street. Mohr was on his motorcycle coming back to Main Street the morning of November 3 to review the work when he was involved in a hit-and-run accident.
Mohr was killed. He was 40 years old.
It happened at the Interstate 30 off-ramp to 1st Avenue. The driver of the other vehicle still hasn't been caught, and police have no new leads.
“It was really quite tough to continue with the installation, but we knew that's how Magic would want it,” said Brian Brothers, Mohr’s boss at Planet Productions.
Saturday night's tribute also brought out Mohr's Survivors motorcycle group and people from Mary's House, a group home for adults with disabilities.
“He was really our guardian angel,” said Mary’s House assistant director Richard Mills. “Magic helped us get the Amber Alert changed to include adults with special needs. We had a girl go missing from Mary's House. We organized a search with Magic and the Survivors group and we found her within 30 minutes.”
The night’s magic gave those Mohr touched a sense of peace.
“Allowing us to have a little closure on a situation that’s still very unknown to us,” Derr said.