ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) The wife of a paramedic gunned down at a Wendy's said Thursday she is struggling to understand what led a 60-year-old handyman to commit the rampage that killed her husband.
"The depression with this man must have been great. I can't forgive him yet," Michele Vazquez said. "I'm still angry, but I also know he has a family that is just as confused and angry as I am."
Vazquez spoke at a news conference outside Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Station 28, where her husband, Lt. Rafael Vazquez, served.
The couple and their 4-year-old son had left the restaurant just before Monday's shooting in suburban West Palm Beach, but Rafael Vazquez had returned to exchange a promotional toy his son got with his meal. Alburn Edward Blake shot him in the back and wounded four other customers before killing himself. The wounded are all recovering at hospitals.