- Mar 2, 2013
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"New York Prison Escape Stirs Painful Memories for Victim’s Father
Phillip Tarsia is still haunted by the death of his son, Deputy Sheriff Kevin Tarsia, at the hands of David Sweat, one of two convicted murderers who fled into a rural expanse of northern New York after staging an elaborate escape from a prison that was discovered on Saturday.
The loss of his son has turned Independence Day into a somber occasion, Mr. Tarsia said, when his family gathers to reflect on the young man’s life.
“We celebrate Kevin at the park [where he was killed] on the Fourth,” he said. “We go there every year.”
Mr. Sweat and his companions had just burglarized a fireworks store in Pennsylvania when Deputy Tarsia confronted them.
Deputy Tarsia was shot 22 times in the confrontation.
The men left his body lying in a parking lot, where it remained overnight. It was discovered at daybreak, Mr. Tarsia said."
In fact, a neighbor called police about the gunshots, and they didn't bother to come check it out.