Private memorial held for slain NASA worker
(4/25/07 - KTRK/HOUSTON) (KTRK) -- A private memorial was held this morning for David Beverly, the NASA employee shot and killed at Johnson Space Center last Friday. Family, friends and colleagues have gathered to say goodbye and to help each other cope with their loss.
Hundreds of NASA employees gathered this morning to pay their respects to a man they consider remarkable. David Beverly, 62, was an electric parts component engineer at JSC. He was shot and killed during a murder-suicide last week at the center.
He is remembered as a man with a vision, a passion not just for his work, but the people he worked with. His widow, Linda Beverly, spoke at the beginning of this morning's service.
"My wish is that this be a day of joy. Really, if you leave here today without laughing, we've done the wrong thing to celebrate this man and what he is," she said during the service.
Authorities say William Arthur Phillips is the man who killed Beverly and barricaded himself with a hostage inside Building 44 at the JSC last week. After three hours, he turned the gun on himself. Investigators believe he was upset because he had received a poor job evaluation and was worried about being terminated.
On later editions of Eyewitness News, we'll share with you what Beverly's widow says we should all learn from his death. A note sent out yesterday by space shuttle program manager Wayne Hale to the NASA community urged workers to be there for each other during this emotional time. He said, "The only way to prevent a tragedy is to build a support network for those in need." Hale also encouraged his workers to let friends and family know they are appreciated.
Phillips, the shooter, had worked for NASA for 15 years, was unmarried, had no children, and lived alone.
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