OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Friends and family said goodbye to an 18-year-old who was one of two employees shot and killed last week by a co-worker at a New Jersey supermarket.
Hundreds gathered inside St. Ambrose Church in Old Bridge for the funeral of Cristina LoBrutto.
“Cristina was such a wonderful young lady and the friendships that she has made over time and all the people who have shown their respects, it’s very difficult,” Old Bridge Councilman Richard Greene told CBS 2′s Christine Sloan.
Even some residents in the tight-knit community who did not know LoBrutto mourned her loss.
“Just complete sadness, shock, unbelievable…this shouldn’t be right now, this shouldn’t be going on. The two young lives that were taken, they didn’t get a chance to live life,” Old Bridge resident Martin Grussgott told Sloan.
LoBrutto and 24-year-old Bryan Breen were killed early Friday morning at a Pathmark supermarket when their co-worker, 23-year-old Terence Tyler, walked into the store armed with an AK-47 and an automatic pistol and opened fire, prosecutors said.
Ten other employees managed to escape before Tyler turned the gun on himself, prosecutors said.
LoBrutto had switched shifts to work the overnight. She was in her high school marching band, loved ice skating and soccer and was about to start college.
“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 said at LoBrutto’s wake on Wednesday.
Breen was laid to rest on Wednesday. More than 300 people attended his funeral.
Lobrutto was buried at St. Gabriel Cemetery in Marlboro. Her parents asked that in lieu of flowers, mourners send money to the local animal shelter because Lobrutto loved animals, especially her dog “Daisy.”
Officials do not believe the victims were specifically targeted. It’s still not clear what sparked the shootings.
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