PATCHOGUE - The youngest and oldest victims of the Medford drug-store murders were laid to rest in Patchogue today.
A sea of students dressed in caps and gowns surrounded 17-year-old Jennifer Mejia's casket outside of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Patchogue. She was supposed to graduate from high school yesterday.
The Bellport High School students were among hundreds that came to mourn the East Patchogue girl's death. Mejia was the youngest of the four people who were gunned down at Haven Drugs last Sunday.
Mejia was working as a pharmacy clerk when police say she was shot and killed by 33-year-old David Laffer.
Another victim, Bryon Sheffield, 71, was also laid to rest today following an intimate funeral at the United Methodist Church in Patchogue.
"We grieve not only for us, but for all other families," said Mary Sheffield, the victim's sister-in-law.
Sheffield was a customer at the pharmacy who was shot to death while picking up a prescription for his wife. Today, he was remembered by loved ones as a kind and generous person who had a spirited personality.
The massacre also cut short the lives of two other victims, including 33-year-old Jaime Taccetta. The mother of two was planning a fall wedding.
Her funeral is tomorrow morning at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Ronkonkoma.
Pharmacist Raymond Ferguson's funeral will be tomorrow at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church in Forest Hills, Queens.
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