First Wake Held for Pathmark Shooting Victims

The gunman, 23-year-old Terence Tyler, killed himself with an automatic handgun

By Ida Siegal
|  Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012  |  Updated 11:55 PM EDT
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Family and friends mourn the shooting death of Bryan Breen in Old Bridge, New Jersey. Ida Siegal has the story.

Family and friends mourn the shooting death of Bryan Breen in Old Bridge, New Jersey. Ida Siegal has the story.

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First Wake Held for Pathmark Shooting Victims

Family and friends gathered Tuesday to remember Bryan Breen, who was slain in a shooting rampage at a supermarket in New Jersey last week. Ida Siegal has the story.

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Family and friends are gathering to remember the victims slain in a shooting rampage at a supermarket in New Jersey last week. 

Wakes for Bryan Breen, 24, and Cristina LoBrutto, 18, will respectively be held Tuesday at the Old Bridge Funeral Home and Wednesday at the Michael Hegarty Funeral Home, both in Old Bridge. 

Robert Garlend, Breen's uncle, released a family statement outside the funeral home Tuesday, saying he was a "great son, a great nephew and a great friend that touched the lives of all people he knew. From his family to the people who were his customers, he was loved by all. May he rest in peace."

Garlend said his "vibrant, grateful, loving" nephew wanted to become a teacher and a short-story writer, and would hug random customers at the Pathmark where he was killed.

"He was very loved by his community," he said.

A funeral for Breen will be held Wednesday. LoBrutto will be laid to rest Thursday following a funeral service at St. Ambrose Church. 

Breen and LoBrutto were killed Friday morning when police say one of their co-workers at the Pathmark in Old Bridge apparently snapped and opened fire with an AK-47.

The gunman, 23-year-old Terence Tyler, killed himself with an automatic handgun. The three had been working the overnight shift along with a dozen or so other employees when Tyler apparently got into an argument with someone, walked out to his car and returned with the weapons. 

It's still not clear what sparked the shootings. Authorities are investigating his motive, but family members said Tyler — who once tweeted about killing "everyone I see" — was discharged from the Marines two years ago after suffering from depression and had never gotten over his mother's death about five years ago. 

Authorities say Tyler had worked at the store for less than two weeks. 

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