Wakes held for 2 victims of Medford massacre

PATCHOGUE - The arrest of two suspects in the Medford pharmacy killings comes on a day when family and friends remembered two of the victims.

A wake was held for 17-year-old Jennifer Mejia at Robertaccio Funeral Home in Patchogue. Mejia was the cashier at Haven Drugs, and tonight she was supposed to go to her prom.

Besides loved ones and close friends, Mejia's wake has also drawn neighbors such as Karen Noel-Best, who says she was compelled to pay respects to Mejia's family.

Meanwhile, a makeshift memorial comprised of candles and flowers continued to grow outside Haven Drugs where Mejia and three other people were gunned down Sunday.

Mejia's friend, Miriam Norivera, stopped by the memorial on her way to the prom and left a bracelet on the site of her friend's killing. She says she will wear an identical bracelet tonight in Mejia's honor.

"She was an angel to walk here, and now she's just gone," Norivera says.

A wake was also held today for the 45-year-old pharmacist, Raymond Ferguson, and for 71-year-old Bryon Sheffield.

Services for Ferguson will be at McCourt and Trudden Funeral Home on Main Street in Farmingdale tomorrow from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Another service for Mejia will also be held Thursday at the Robertaccio Funeral Home.

The wake for 33-year old Jamie Taccetta will be held Thursday at Moloney's Lake Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Lake Ronkonkoma. Taccetta's funeral is set for Saturday at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church.

Continuing coverage: Medford pharmacy massacre

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