A friend of the man beaten to death outside of a Syracuse convenience store is working to raise money for the food pantry where James Gifford worked.
Pete Nagurney has created a t-shirt to honor his friend. All proceeds will be given to Elmwood Presbyterian, for the Food Pantry and to build a small memorial to 70-year-old Jim Gifford.
18-year-old Romeo Williams is charged with manslaughter and assault in Gifford's death. Prosecutors say he attacked and beat Gifford in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven convenience store on Valley Drive back in September.
Police say Williams attacked Gifford unprovoked, went inside the store and celebrated, then came back out and continued the beating. Gifford died from his injuries four days later. Police say the attack was random.