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Families, friends react to Strip shooting suspect's arrest

Reported by: Amber Dixon
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Updated: 3/01/2013 9:22 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- The capture of Strip shooting suspect Ammar Harris is bringing some measure of relief to families still grieving the loss of their loved ones.

In fact, one of those families found out about Harris's arrest during their son's funeral service.

The family of aspiring rapper Kenny Cherry Jr. held his funeral Thursday in Oakland, Calif., and the colleagues of cab driver Michael Boldon honked their horns at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard, the scene of the shooting and explosion on Feb. 21.

Boldon, 62, and his passenger, Sandi Sutton-Wasmund, were killed after police say Harris shot Cherry, the driver of a Maserati that crashed into Boldon's cab, igniting in flames.

Boldon's brother, Tehran, is barely beginning to cope.

“This morning I was angry, and grief,” he said “I never knew what it would mean to lose a person to violent crime. I've seen it, but I've never experienced it, and it's something no family should have to go through.”

The Boldon family says they feel some comfort knowing police captured their suspect.

In California, another victim was remembered Thursday as Kenny Cherry Jr.

The Cherry family released this statement through their attorney, Bob Beckett: “They said that they're elated to hear about the arrest of Ammar Harris. However on this day of Kenny's funeral, this news is bittersweet.”

Vicki Greco, Cherry's personal attorney, says rumors that Cherry was a pimp are not true. She said hopes he will not be remembered as such.

“Regardless of how the media wants to portray him, the family is still missing a father, a son, a grandson, a brother, an uncle, a boyfriend,” Greco said, “and that's where this should really be at the heart of the end of the day, that he was a victim in a horrifying crime.”

Sutton-Wasmund, the passenger killed when the cab exploded, was from Washington. She was in Las Vegas attending a trade show.

She was a businesswoman, mother, wife and two-time survivor of cancer.

Her funeral will be held Saturday in her hometown of Maple Valley, Wash., near Seattle.



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