Bean Station pharmacy shooting victim laid to rest

Bean Station pharmacy shooting victim laid to rest

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Family members say the father of four was born in Brooklyn, New York. He lived and worked in that region for several decades. Ironically, one of the reasons he moved to Bean Station was the safety of living in a small town. Family members say the father of four was born in Brooklyn, New York. He lived and worked in that region for several decades. Ironically, one of the reasons he moved to Bean Station was the safety of living in a small town.
"He told me stories, and sang me songs, and could make anyone laugh," said young Samantha Frick, with tears in her eyes. "He told me stories, and sang me songs, and could make anyone laugh," said young Samantha Frick, with tears in her eyes.
"Who would think this would happen in Bean Station of all places. Everyone knows everyone out here. It's like Mayberry," said son-in-law Robert Frick. "Who would think this would happen in Bean Station of all places. Everyone knows everyone out here. It's like Mayberry," said son-in-law Robert Frick.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

BEAN STATION (WATE) – Family and friends gathered Monday night to say a final farewell to Richard Sommerville, 72, at a memorial service. He was one of the victims of a deadly pharmacy shooting.

Sommerville, along with owner Stephen Lovell, was killed at Down Home Pharmacy on Highway 25E in Bean Station Thursday morning. Two others were injured.

District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn said Jason Holt, 37, robbed the pharmacy of a large amount of Oxycodone pills. He said Holt then opened fire, killing two and injuring two others.

Family members say Sommerville, a father of four, was born in Brooklyn, New York. He lived and worked in that region for several decades. Ironically, one of the reasons he moved to Bean Station was the safety of living in a small town.

They say if had been alive on Memorial Day, he would have probably spent it on the water.

"He was a water person. He loved the lake. He'd ride his lawn mower down there and take a swim," said Sally Sommerville, Richard's youngest daughter.

Instead, loved ones and strangers packed a church for his funeral. Some left fresh flowers at the crime scene on their way to the funeral.

"Who would think this would happen in Bean Station of all places. Everyone knows everyone out here. It's like Mayberry," said son-in-law Robert Frick.

Sommerville retired in Bean Station because of the safe, small town feeling. He had stopped by the pharmacy for a bottle of calamine lotion to treat a simple case of poison ivy.

The family says the fact that the brutal murder could happen in Bean Station sends a message about addiction and pill crimes at pharmacies everywhere.

"I think it's almost at a point where pharmacies shouldn't be able to give these drugs out. Maybe the police station should be the only place you can get stuff like this," said son Ryan Sommerville.

Among the most heartbroken were Sommerville's grandchildren.

"He told me stories, and sang me songs, and could make anyone laugh," said young Samantha Frick, with tears in her eyes.

The family says Richard Sommerville survived cancer, and many other major health issues. They believe he fought those battles and chose to live so he could have more time on earth with his kids and grandkids.

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