Kids Now Orphans After Widower Dad Killed in Orlando Shooting
Kevin Clark was raising his 18-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter alone.
As the identities of victims in this week's Orlando workplace shooting emerge, the personal tragedies behind the shocking headlines are coming into focus.
Among the five people killed when disgruntled former co-worker, John Robert Neumann Jr., opened fire Monday morning was 53-year-old Kevin Clark.
It was revealed in the aftermath of the shooting that Neumann has left Clark's two teenage children orphaned.
The mother of Clark's 18-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter died six years ago, according to WKMG.
"He was a lovely, beautiful man and he literally did not have an enemy in the world," Clark's brother, Chris Clark, told the Orlando station. "Nobody who met Kevin didn't like him."
Kevin Clark initially survived the shooting, but became the fourth of four men to die by Neumann's hands when he succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.
Also dead is 69-year-old Robert Snyder, the lead manager at Fiamma Inc., the RV awning manufacturer where the shooting unfolded at about 8 a.m.
Since the shooting, reports have painted Neumann as an angry ex-employee of Fiamma who was fired by Snyder in April.
"He was starting fights with people," Snyder's friend Lilian Crouch told WKMG. "[Snyder] told me about this guy that had started trouble. He started a fight with somebody."
Crouch said Snyder told her he feared Neumann might one day seek revenge.
And police say he did just that. Neumann arrived to Fiamma armed with a handgun and knife before it is believed he specifically targeted his victims.
In addition to Snyder and Clark, Brenda Montanez-Crespo, 44, Jeffrey Roberts, 57, and Kevin Lawson, 46, were gunned down in the attack.
“He shot five innocent people this morning then turned the gun on himself and shot himself," Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said at a Monday press conference. "He was certainly singling out the individuals that he shot."
Roberts had reportedly only been a sales manager at Fiamma since January when he lost his life there.
Montanez-Crespo, the only female victim, worked the front desk at Fiamma. Lawson had been with the company since 2014 and leaves behind four daughters and two granddaughters.
In a statement, Florida Gov. Rick Scott asked for prayers for the victims and their loved ones.
"I ask all Floridians to pray for the families impacted by this senseless act of violence. I will remain in contact with the Orlando law enforcement community throughout the day as more information is made available," the statement read.
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