Family, friends gather to honor lives of victims of Herkimer shooting rampage

Family and friends will gather Tuesday to honor the life of one of the victims of the deadly shooting rampage in Herkimer County.

Calling hours will be held for 62-year-old Thomas Stefka from 4-7 p.m. at Fenner Funeral Home at 115 Court Street in Herkimer. His funeral will be held on Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in the Church of Saints Anthony and Joseph in Herkimer. Stefka was killed at Gaffey's Jiffy Lube and Car Wash.

A celebration of life for Michael Renshaw will take place on Saturday, March 23 from 2-5 p.m. at the Petykiewicz-Iocovozzi and Burns Funeral Home at 329 S. Washington St. in Herkimer. A prayer service will follow after the visitation on Saturday at 5 p.m. Renshaw was a customer at the car wash. He was a 20-year veteran of State Corrections and served as a Corrections Officer at Mid-State Correctional Facility in Marcy.

On Monday, family and friends bid farewell to 57-year-old Michael Ransear at the First Assembly of God Church in Marcy. Ransear retired from the Mohawk Correctional Facility in Rome in 2006. 68-year-old Harry Montgomery was also laid to rest on Monday. He was a longtime member of the Mohawk Fire Department. The two men were customers at John's Barber Shop last Wednesday when they were killed.

Two prayer vigils were held to honor the victims on Monday night. Interfaith Prayer Services were held at St. Augustine Episcopal Church and Herkimer Methodist Church.

The shooter, 64-year-old Kurt Myers of Mohawk was shot and killed by police following a standoff that lasted more than 18 hours. While a motive is still unclear, State Police say Myers had no money, no job and was maxed out on his credit cards. Investigators say he had been unemployed since 2006.