Ceremony Honoring Shooting Victims 10 Years Later

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August 03, 2020 - 4:26 pm
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MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) - Workers and families gathered Monday for a brief,
low-key ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of a mass shooting that killed
eight people at a Connecticut beer distribution company.
 The small crowd observed a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the
killings on Aug. 3, 2010, at Hartford Distributors in Manchester before prayers
were said at a memorial on the company's grounds.
 ``You know it hurts coming here,'' Steven Cirigliano told WFSB-TV. ``But as the
day goes on, you know that you're not alone.''
 His cousin, Bryan Cirigliano, 51, was among the victims. Also killed were
Victor James, 59, Craig Pepin, 60, Edwin Kennison Jr., 60, Doug Scruton, 56,
William Ackerman, 50, Louis Felder Jr., 50, and Francis Fazio Jr., 57.
 A driver for Hartford Distributors, Omar Thornton, had just been fired for
stealing beer when he killed the eight men and wounded two others. Before he
killed himself, Thornton, who was Black, told a 911 operator that he was the
victim of racism at the company, a claim police said was not supported by
evidence.
 The memorial, in a wooded area outside the company's warehouse, includes eight
stainless steal pillars with the names and biographies of the victims.

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