OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey community said goodbye to two young people Wednesday that were shot and killed in a violent murder-suicide rampage last week.
Breen’s parents laid to rest their only son at the Chestnut Hill Cemetery following an emotional service at the Old Bridge Funeral Home.
“It was very personal and very powerful to witness Bryan’s life and encouraged us to live as he lived,” said Dr. Heasun Kim, of the Simpson United Methodist Church.
A card featuring Breen’s bright smile was handed out at the service. On the back of the card was a poem reading, “I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.”
Breen’s co-worker, 23-year-old Terence Tyler, walked into the Pathmark around 4 a.m. armed with an AK-47 and an automatic pistol and opened fire, shooting randomly at his co-workers, prosecutors said.
Ten employees managed to escape, but Breen and LoBrutto were killed before Tyler turned the gun on himself.
There were also hugs and tears at the Wednesday wake for LoBrutto.
“She was probably one of the most outgoing, nice, caring person I probably ever met in my life. It’s just so tragic. I mean, her family and friends are all in our prayers,” friend Kyle Gregg told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.
“Cristina was a wonderful girl, Bryan was a wonderful guy and this is senseless and we are all heartbroken and Old Bridge is heartbroken,” said family friend Beth Stevansky.
LoBrutto had switched shifts to work the overnight. She was about to start college.
Officials do not believe the victims were specifically targeted. It’s still not clear what sparked the shootings.
Tyler had worked at the grocery store for less than two weeks, unlike Breen who had been on the staff since high school, earning money for college and making friends with both colleagues and customers.
Breen had dreams of finishing college and becoming a teacher, fueled by a passion to learn and to live, CBS 2’s Weijia Jiang reported.
He graduated from Old Bridge High School in 2006 and was known for being gentle and popular.
Breen’s family asked that in lieu of flowers, people donate to the American Cancer Society in his name.
Funeral services for LoBrutto will be held Thursday morning at St. Ambrose Church.