Blue Collar Causalities

Blue Collar Causalities

Monday, January 5, 2015

Security guard killed in Grand Terrace NYE shooting

GRAND TERRACE, Calif. (KABC) -- People gathered to pay their respects to a security guard who was killed in a shooting at a Grand Terrace roller skating rink during a party on New Year's Eve. Witness Michael Marcoly said he assumed the gunshots he heard were simply part of a New Year's Eve celebration. But the gunfire Marcoly heard was from a shooting outside the Cal Skate Roller Rink. Marcoly is a long distance truck driver who was parked across the street asleep. One of the bullets hit near his sleeper cabin. "I jumped up because it was so close and I looked out the window. I saw muzzle flashes coming from this side and saw the security guard returning fire," Marcoly said. The security guard he saw was 48-year-old Richard Williamson, who family and friends called Big Will. The Riverside resident died in the gun battle and another security guard and bystander were injured. Both of them were treated and have been released from the hospital. "There were kids everywhere people everywhere and he took the focus of the gunfire on him. So he died a hero," Marcoly said. Williamson owned the security firm hired by the roller rink. The rink was hosting an all-night New Year's Eve celebration when the suspect was asked to leave and opened fire in the parking lot. Outside Williamson's Riverside office, people stopped by to leave flowers and offer their condolences to his family. His family said he died doing what he loved. He did what he was put here on earth to do. Unfortunately, he lost his life doing it, but that was his purpose," said Nena Everage, Williamson's mother.

Employee of Bethlehem contractor killed in South Jersey refinery accident, report says

An employee of a Bethlehem-based contractor working at New Jersey refinery was killed in an accident Friday at the job site, the South Jersey Times reports. Gary Grimming, 63, an employee of G.C. Zarnas & Co. at 850 Jennings St. in Bethlehem, was working as a sandblaster at PBF Refinery in Greenwich Township, Gloucester County, when an air compressor line broke and struck him in the head, the newspaper reports, citing the county prosecutor's office. A records search shows Grimming lived in Pennsville, Salem County, New Jersey. Former Chicago Bears player and College Football Hall of Fame inductee Gust C. Zarnas founded G.C. Zarnas & Co. in 1948. The company's specialties include coating applications, painting, fireproofing and waterproofing, according to its website. Dean Zarnas, one of the principals at G.C. Zarnas & Co., told the Times that Grimming "was a very valued employee and he's going to be missed. It's a very unfortunate tragedy. We're just trying to deal with the loss of one of our family members."

Co-worker remembers store clerk shot, killed

Horry County Police investigate the deadly shooting of a clerk at a Longs convenience store Friday night. Lt. Raul Denis, spokesman for the Horry County Police Department, says officers were called to the Sunhouse Convenience Store in the 7400-block of Highway 905 around 10 p.m. Upon arrival, officers found a 40-year-old man's body inside of the store. Horry County deputy coroner Michelle McSpadden identified the man as Bala Gopal Paruchuri, of Myrtle Beach. McSpadden says Paruchuri died of multiple gunshot wounds. In an official police report obtained by News13, a witness told police he was exiting a bathroom in the store when he saw three black males robbing the clerk. The witness told police he heard one of the men say, "give it up." The police report reveals officers found several shell casings inside of the convenience store during the investigation. Jerry Seymour has worked as a clerk at the Sunhouse Convenience Store for the past 4 years.

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