- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 8, 2002

Nelson Rivera's brothers and friends are so afraid that the same sniper who fatally shot Mr. Rivera's wife, Lori Ann, will try to shoot him that they won't leave his side.
Mr. Rivera stayed inside last night at Philip J. Rinaldi Funeral Service in Silver Spring, while Mrs. Rivera's father spoke about how his daughter brought love and happiness to those around her.
"Lori was very special to everyone she met," said Marion Lewis, 51, who came from his home in Mountain Home, Idaho, with his wife, Jo Lyn. "Lori was always a joy to be around. She brought friendship and love. We miss her deeply. Our family is just now coming out of the disbelief at what has occurred."
Mr. Lewis was visibly upset, wearing a hat to shield his eyes and speaking in a wavering voice. He said these were "trying and difficult times" and expressed anger at his daughter's killer or killers.
"I can't speak for the rest of my family, but I'll never forgive the people that took her away from us," he said.
He also expressed his "heartfelt appreciation" for the efforts of law enforcement, who he said are "going without their own families in an effort to bring closure to ours."
"We hope they will not let these cowardly sons of pigs cause the paranoia they seem to be striving for," said Mr. Lewis.
Mrs. Rivera was the fifth person to be shot in sniper attacks in the past five days in the region. The number of shootings has now increased to eight. Six persons have died.
The 13-year-old boy shot in Bowie yesterday was in critical condition late last night at Children's Hospital in Northwest. The Bowie eighth-grader was shot in the chest yesterday at 8:09 a.m., just after being dropped off at Benjamin Tasker Middle School, a 1,400-student school for seventh- and eighth-graders. Police yesterday said ballistics evidence links the Bowie case to the other sniper shootings in Maryland, Virginia and the District.
The boy was dropped off at the school by his aunt and legal guardian, who heard the shot and turned to see the boy slumped over. He told her, "I think I've been shot" and she rushed him to the nearby Bowie Health Center. From there, he was airlifted by Maryland State Police helicopter to Children's Hospital in the District. He went into surgery in critical condition.
A 43-year-old Spotsylvania, Va., woman who was shot in the back Friday at Spotsylvania Mall was upgraded from serious to fair condition on Sunday and remained at Inova Fairfax Hospital last night. The woman was shot at 2:30 p.m. while loading packages into her minivan outside the Michaels crafts store, about 50 miles south of Washington.
Authorities have not released the woman's name out of concern for her safety. The victim's husband is a commercial airline pilot who flew with an Air National Guard fighter squadron in Operation Desert Storm. Family members have said through a spokesman that they do not want to be interviewed.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete for Pascal Charlot, 72, of Northwest, who was fatally shot in the chest at 9:20 p.m. Thursday while standing at the southeast corner of Georgia Avenue and Kalmia Road NW, about a block south of the Maryland state line. Mr. Charlot was a Haitian immigrant who lived with his second wife and stepson at Ninth and Allison streets NW.
A wake was held for Mrs. Rivera, 25, of Silver Spring, last night at Philip D. Rinaldi Funeral Service in Silver Spring. Her funeral will be held Friday at 1 p.m. in Mountain Home, Idaho. Mrs. Rivera, a full-time nanny, was the last victim to be shot in Montgomery County. She was fatally shot Thursday at 9:58 a.m., while vacuuming out her employer's van at the Shell station at Connecticut and Knowles avenues in Kensington.
Mrs. Rivera was born and raised in Mountain Home and came to this area six years ago. She is survived by husband, Nelson Rivera, 32, and her 3-year-old daughter Jocylin, as well as sister Charity. Donations may be made to the Lori Lewis Rivera Family Fund, care of Temple Sinai Nursery School, 3100 Military Road NW, Washington, D.C. 20015.
Funeral services for Sarah Ramos, 34, of Silver Spring, were held yesterday morning. Ms. Ramos was fatally shot in the head at 8:37 a.m. on Thursday, while sitting on a bench at 3802 International Drive in the Leisure World retirement complex in Silver Spring.
Funeral services were held Sunday at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church in Takoma Park for Premkumar Walekar, 54, of Olney, an Indian immigrant and father of two who was fatally shot Thursday at the Mobil gas station at 4100 Aspen Hill Road at 8:12 a.m.
Mr. Walekar was born in Pune, India, in 1948. The funeral service was attended by his large extended family. Mr. Walekar was eulogized as a hardworking and loving father and husband.
James L. "Sonny" Buchanan, 39, will be buried Friday after a private service. Mr. Buchanan, of Blacksburg, Va., the second victim, was fatally shot in the chest while mowing grass behind the Fitzgerald Auto Mall near White Flint Mall, in the 11500 block of Huff Court, at 7:41 a.m. Thursday.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete for James Martin, 55, of Silver Spring. Mr. Martin, the first victim to be killed, was shot Wednesday at 6:04 p.m. outside the Shoppers Food Warehouse in the Glenmont Shopping Center, 2201 Randolph Road in Silver Spring.


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