Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Factory Shooting Leaves 2 Teens without Mother or Father

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Factory Shooting Leaves 2 Teens without Mother or Father

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ORLANDO, Fla. * A devoted father always photographing the games of his teenagers, now orphaned by a workplace shooting. A loving husband who "would give the shirt off his back" for anyone in need. A grandfather "taken way too soon."

Friends and family members grieved Tuesday over the losses of loved ones in the shooting of five workers at an awning maker outside Orlando, where a recently fired co-worker returned through a rear door and opened fire.

One of the victims, Kevin Clark, was "generous, giving, polite and he was an extremely upstanding person," said his friend, Allan Saltman, who befriended Clark while taking pictures of youth league sports. "He was a warm and compassionate person."

Authorities said John Robert Neumann Jr., 45, methodically shot his victims and then killed himself at the sound of an approaching siren on Monday.

Neumann was fired from Fiamma Inc. in April for undisclosed reasons. Clark began working there several months before that, after jobs in insurance and at an office supply company, Saltman said.

"The fact that some moron would go and do this stuff to somebody who has been working there for six months and then kill four other people. It makes no sense," Saltman said.

The dead were identified as Robert Snyder, 69; Jeff Roberts, 57; Clark, 53; Kevin Lawson, 46; and Brenda Montanez-Crespo, 44.

Fiamma asked the public to keep all the victims in their thoughts and prayers. "The company is heartbroken following the unspeakable attack upon our loved ones and employees," the company's statement said.

The local Pop Warner league made a fundraising appeal on Tuesday for Clark's children, whose mother died nine years ago.

The Lake Howell Pop Warner league said Clark's 14-year-old daughter was a cheerleader in the league, and his 18-year-old son played football in the league for several seasons. …

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