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Day of Mourning in Central NY

64-year-old Kurt Myers killed four people in Herkimer and Mohawk last week, before he was killed after an 18-hour standoff with police. Herkimer County officials are declaring this Monday, March 25 a day of mourning. One official told local media that the planned ceremony is also intended to show appreciation to the agencies and first responders who assisted during the tragedy, including slain K9 officer, Ape.

Police say Myers hadn't worked in years and had heavy credit card debt: they are not sure if that's what drove him to open fire at a barber shop and car wash.


Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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