Updated 03/14/2013 07:03 PM
Community remembers Harry Montgomery
We spoke with family members, co-workers and friends of some of the victims. Still mourning, they say they keep hoping it was just a bad dream. Our Cara Thomas sat down with the family of Harry Montgomery, one of the men shot and killed at John's Barbershop in Mohawk.
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HERKIMER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Harry Montgomery came in to John's Barbershop all the time.
"He'd get a haircut every other month or so, but he would basically want the strong coffee and the stale cookies that John always supplied for everybody," said Stephen Smith, a regular patron at the barbershop.
But when Montgomery's family heard about a shooting and explosion in the Village of Mohawk, they knew something wasn't quite right.
Montgomery's daughter, Linda Springer, said, "My sister was cashing her check at the bank next door and they saw my father's car parked out in front of the barbershop and figured he was in talking to John. And when they realized the shooting was at John's, dad wasn't in the car."
Montgomery was one of four men killed during Wednesday's shooting rampage through Herkimer County. Two others were injured, including the barbershop owner, John Seymour.
Linda Montgomery, Montgomery's wife, said, "We just want answers and there aren't any out there. I mean, he's been through so much physically with his health and everything, and then to have him be taken out like this, it's just not fair."
Family members describe Montgomery as a simple man. A husband, father and grandfather who took a lot of pride in his family. A man who was everybody's friend.
"He was very much into family and picnics and going to the lakes," said Linda Montgomery.
Springer remembers, "My dad was the funniest guy on earth. He always had a joke to tell, always had a smile on his face."
"Harry, you couldn't stop Harry from talking. Harry would take all day and all night about any subject and he wouldn't stop talking. You had to actually walk away for him to stop," said Smith.
And while family members take the day to remember the man they've lost, they also worry about the future. Without a steady income or life insurance, Montgomery's children say they don't know how their mother will survive without him. They're also unsure how they'll afford funeral costs.
Springer said, "We have no idea how we're going to do this respectfully and properly for my dad. He deserves the best. The best of respect and everybody knows it."
Montgomery's family is seeking the community's help in paying for the funeral costs. A fundraiser event will be held in honor of Harry Montgomery on March 24th at the Mohawk Fire Department.