Hospital staff, family and friends of a caseworker killed during a shooting at a local wellness center will gather today for a private memorial.
The service for Theresa Hunt will take place Wednesday at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pennsylvania.
Delaware County authorities say that Richard Plotts shot and killed Hunt July 24 during a medical visit at the Sister Marie Lenahan Wellness Center located on the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital campus along Lansdowne Avenue.
Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said that Plotts, 49, was upset about Mercy-Fitzgerald Hospital's ban on guns when he held Dr. Lee Silverman and Hunt hostage. Plotts then fired a .32 caliber revolver, killing Hunt, who was his caseworker, and grazing the physician in the head, officials said.
Silverman used his own gun to return fire and injure Plotts but it was too late for Hunt -- who was described as a beloved sister and aunt.
"We feel like we lost a family member," said Hunt's neighbor Marge LaBrum in the days after the killing. "When we used to say to her, 'Theresa, how do you take care of them when they're mentally ill and could hurt you?' she said 'It's a chance I have to take because I have to take care of them.'"
Hunt's funeral took place last month at John Stretch Funeral Home on Eagle Road in Havertown, Pennsylvania.
Wednesday's service, which is closed to the public, gives those that worked alongside her a chance to grieve the death.