Marana shooting victim buried by family, friends

Martin Padilla (Used with family's permission)
Martin Padilla (Used with family's permission)
Martin Padilla (Source: Maysam Elijerdi)
Martin Padilla (Source: Maysam Elijerdi)
(Source: Maysam Elijerdi)
(Source: Maysam Elijerdi)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Memorial services were held for Martin Padilla, the man shot and killed in a shopping center parking lot in Marana on Friday, June 30.

Family and friends gathered at a mosque on the northwest side Wednesday, July 5, for Padilla's funeral.

His body, cleaned and wrapped in white cloth, was wheeled out on a gurney before the afternoon prayer.

Loved ones gathered around the body to pay their final respects. Friend and co-worker Darrin Harasimowicz said Padilla's wife and four kids are usually so full of love and happiness. Padilla's children were in the car the day he died.

"They're not doing good at all," Harasimowicz said. "They've lost the one man in their house, the one breadwinner, the guy that held their house together."

Harasimowicz and several others at the funeral worked with Padilla at Union Pacific in Tucson. He said working so closely for 12 hours at a time can bring people together.

"Going down to the yard and seeing him not there with his smiling face to brighten up the room for all the crews it, it's going to be devastating," he said.

Padilla was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He earned multiple medals and other recognition through his service, which included time in Iraq as an interpreter.

With fellow veterans looking on, Padilla was given full military honors.

Before the final prayer over Padilla's body, several people spoke at the funeral. His son told everyone that his father was his best friend.

Harasimowicz spoke as well. After the burial, he told Tucson News Now that everyone who learns of this tragic death should take a moment to slow down in their daily lives.

"This is just a senseless act," he said. "Please pray for his family because they're going to need it."

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