Steel Pillars Commemorate Victims Of Workplace Shooting

By STEPHEN SINGER, Associated Press

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) _ Family, friends and colleagues of eight workers who were killed at a Manchester beer distributor have marked the one-year anniversary by dedicating memorials at the company.

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Eight steel pillars were dedicated Wednesday at Hartford Distributors in memory of the men, who died in what police call the worst mass shooting in Connecticut history.

A company driver, Omar Thornton, had just been fired for stealing beer when he killed the eight co-workers, wounded two others and fatally shot himself on Aug. 3, 2010.

The memorial dedication Wednesday drew U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, local officials and colleagues and family of the slain workers.

Ross Hollander, a member of the family that owns the company, said that like others, he still asks every day why the tragedy occurred.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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