Retired Police Officer Among Navy Yard Murder Victims
NEWARK, Del. - February 13, 2007 -- The New Castle County Police Department is mourning the loss of one of the victims in Monday night's Navy Yard shooting.
Public Information Officer Trinidad Navarro spoke to reporters about 41-year-old retired Corporal Robert Norris, a highly respected officer, a husband and father of three.
"No one had anything bad to say about Bob. He was probably the strongest person physically and emotionally that I have ever known," said Navarro.
Police cars were parked outside of Norris' Newark home on Tuesday. Neighbors are equally shocked and saddened by his murder.
"He was just one of the sweetest guys I know," said Stacy Erikson, who was overcome with emotion. "His daughter played with my daughter. I just can't even think that this is real. I don't know what happened."
Neighbors can't believe a business deal gone bad led to the murder, and neither can Navarro who remembers Norris as a record-breaking athlete at the University of Delaware and a Gulf War veteran who was considered the leader of his police recruit class in 1992.
"It seems somewhat ironic that he served as a police officer for 14 years, doesn't suffer a scratch, and then he chooses what is perceived as a safer career path and this is what happens," said Navarro.
Robert Norris's older brother was also among the victims. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Zigzag.net, a marketing company that was doing business with the alleged shooter, Vincent Dortch.
New Castle County Police say they will offer comfort and support to Norris family. Funeral arrangements are pending.
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