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Dayton Funerals Begin

Derrick Fudge had told his son he was willing to die for him
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 10, 2019 5:15 PM CDT
Friends and family mourn Derrick Fudge on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, at a church in Springfield, Ohio. Fudge, 57, was the oldest of nine who were killed when a gunman opened fire outside a bar early Sunday...   (AP Photo/Angie Wang)
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(Newser) – A man who died in the arms of his son after a mass shooting in Ohio was remembered Saturday as a loving family man who painted houses and loved to fish and cook. The funeral for Derrick Fudge, 57, was among the first held for victims of the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio. The funerals for the El Paso, Texas, victims have begun, as well, the AP reports. Investigators in Texas said a gunman opened fire in a Walmart on Aug. 3, targeting Mexicans and killing 22 people. Less than 24 hours later, another shooter killed nine people in a Dayton nightlife area. Hundreds of mourners, including Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, attended Fudge's funeral at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton, the Dayton Daily News reported.

Fudge's son, Dion Green, said his father spoke often of his willingness to die for him. Green previously said he believes his father protected him from being killed. In a eulogy for her brother, Twyla Southall said Fudge lived a "simple" life, but one he loved. "I don't understand why my brother died in his son's arms, but I am so grateful he was there for his father," Southall said. Burial services for Saeed Saleh, 38, were also held Saturday in Dayton. Saleh, who was originally from Eritrea and recently immigrated to the US, was remembered as a "humble and quiet person" by a spokesman for the family. The first of the funerals for the El Paso victims was held Thursday in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico, where Elsa Mendoz de la Mora lived, per ABC. More funerals were planned for Saturday in Texas.

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