Conn. beer plant to open 8 days after killings

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A Manchester beer distributor is set to reopen eight days after an employee went on a rampage, killing eight co-workers and himself.

Ross Hollander, president of Hartford Distributors Inc., said Tuesday that employees will return to work Wednesday. They are set to meet in the parking lot at 7 a.m. for a period of “silence and remembrance” for their co-workers.

Police say Omar Thornton, a driver, killed eight people and himself Aug. 3 following a meeting in which he resigned after being shown video evidence that he stoel beer. Two other people who were shot survived.

The town of Manchester has scheduled a special service for the workers for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the North United Methodist Church.

Thornton's family held a private memorial service for him Tuesday at a Hartford funeral home.

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