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Funeral this weekend for Raleigh Police Officer killed in mass shooting; recently served at Camp Lejeune

Gabriel Torres Raleigh Police Department via AP.jpg
(Photo: Raleigh Police Department via Associated Press)
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Gabriel Torres was one of five people killed in a mass shooting in the Hedingham neighborhood of northeast Raleigh last week. Torres was on the job at the Raleigh Police Department for 18 months. Before that, he served as a U.S. Marine at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville.

Funeral services for Raleigh police officer Gabriel Torres have been scheduled for this weekend.

Torres was one of five people killed in a mass shooting in the Hedingham neighborhood of northeast Raleigh last week.

Torres was on the job for 18 months. Before that, he served as a U.S. Marine at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville.

He was part of Combat Logistic Battalion 24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the 2nd Marine Logistics Group, and served in the Marines for more than four years, obtaining the rank of sergeant.

His military awards include a Good Conduct Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, a Humanitarian Service Medal and a Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

Torres, 29, was on his way to work when he was fatally shot in the Hedingham neighborhood, police said. Raleigh Police Chief Estella D. Patterson said Torres was not in uniform or in his patrol car at the time of the shooting, according to the News & Observer.

The other victims in the shooting included Nicole Connors, 52; Susan Karnatz, 49; Mary Marshall, 34; and 16-year-old James Thompson. A woman and a second Raleigh police officer also were wounded.

His visitation on Friday and funeral on Saturday will both be open to the public. Friday’s visitation will be held at The Chapel of Mitchell Funeral Home, while Saturday’s service will be held at Cross Assembly Church, according to Torres’ online obituary.

Torres is survived by his wife and a young daughter.

He is the first Raleigh police officer killed in more than 20 years.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.