Funerals for 2 victims in NY pharmacy slayings

NEW YORK (AP) — Funerals have been held for a pharmacist and a customer gunned down in the Father’s Day massacre at a pharmacy on Long Island.

Friends and family mourned pharmacist Raymond Ferguson and Jaime Taccetta on Saturday in separate services. The funeral for the 45-year-old Ferguson was held in Forest Hills, Queens, while the 33-year-old Taccetta was remembered at services in Lake Ronkonkoma (ron-KONK’-uh-muh).

Authorities say they were killed along with two other people on June 19 at Haven Drugs in Medford, N.Y., by a man seeking to rob painkillers.

David Laffer is charged with first-degree murder and resisting arrest charges in the shooting. His wife, Melinda Brady, is charged with robbery and obstruction charges.

Funerals were held Friday for the two other victims — 17-year-old Jennifer Mejia and 71-year-old Bryon Sheffield.


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