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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX037 (1995)

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ARLX037 3 hams die in LA shooting
 
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Special Bulletin 37  ARLX037
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  August 2, 1995
To all radio amateurs 
 
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ARLX037 3 hams die in LA shooting
 
Three Los Angeles-area amateurs are dead following a shooting
rampage at a city facility.
 
A disgruntled radio repairman for the City of Los Angeles on July 19
is charged with killing four men, all supervisors at the city's
Piper Tech Center.  The three amateurs killed were Marty Wakefield,
N6BZ, 57, of Venice; Neil Carpenter, KA6QIB, 61, of Palmdale; and
Anthony Gain, W6KFN, 78, of Montebello.  A fourth supervisor who was
killed in the attack, James Walton, was not a ham.
 
Gain, an Advanced class licensee, was trustee for a repeater
operated by the city.  He had chosen to continue to work rather than
retire, said a coworker, Rob Hanson, AA6BN.  Wakefield was an active
DXer and until May had been an ARRL volunteer examiner.  Carpenter
held an Advanced class license.  All four shooting victims also held
FCC General Radiotelephone licenses.
 
All three amateur-licensed victims were active in the Los Angeles
City Amateur Radio Volunteers, a club aimed at helping city
employees become licensed, with an eye toward emergency preparedness
functions, Hanson said.
 
The alleged killer has been charged with four counts of murder.
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