RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The wife of an off-duty police officer killed during a mass shooting in North Carolina recalled Saturday that she tried to save him after he was shot.

“I’m glad you were still with me long enough so I could kiss your skin while it was still warm,” Jasmine Torres said at a memorial service for 29-year-old Gabriel Torres. “

Torres, a Raleigh police officer and former U.S. Marine, was inside his personal vehicle and about to leave for work when authorities said he was shot by a 15-year-old boy wearing camouflage and armed with a shotgun. Fired.

Police said the teenager killed five people, including his older brother, on October 13 during a rampage in the Hedingham neighborhood and on a nearby walking trail. While authorities continue to search for a motive, North Carolina’s capital was still burning several days later — and paying tribute to the dead.

Speaking at Cross Assembly Church in Raleigh, Jasmin Torres recalled the glow of her husband’s final moments.

“Finding yourself injured as your life slips away is a pain that is very difficult to deal with,” he said.

He added: “I gave everything to try to save you. I’m sorry if I scared you. I didn’t know I could scream so loud.”

Jasmine Torres recalled the times she and her husband spent away from each other over the years, including nights during Marine deployments and then working as a police officer.

“I’m proud of you,” his wife said. “You were very dedicated to your work. I had to beg you to use your time. Your night shifts were difficult – it created distance – but we got through it.

Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson said Torres often checked in on fellow officers he trained with at the police academy.

“Always making sure they and their families are OK,” the chief said. “I’ve been told he always has an extra item on hand, whether it’s a pair of socks, a T-shirt, an extra flashlight or an extra few dollars to share if someone needs it.”

Patterson said the highlight of Torres’ day was cooking dinner for Jasmine and her daughter Leila before work.

“He left an example to each of us of what the world needs more of – not those who run away from the challenges and inherent dangers of the profession,” the chief said. “But they are running in, guarding against the forces that prey and hate. Those that divide and destroy.”

As U.S. Marines draped an American flag over Joe Torres’ casket, friends and family of another shooting victim, Susan Kornatz, filled the sanctuary at North Raleigh Presbyterian Church, The News & Observer reported.

Pastor Lisa Hebaker said during the service that the stained-glass windows in the church’s ceiling offer a glimpse of the natural world that Karnitz loved and whose beauty inspired her belief in God as a teenager.

Karnatz, 49, died while running on the trail. An avid runner, he had completed the Boston Marathon four times. She put her early career as a school psychologist on hold to homeschool her three boys, reports The News and Observer.

“And now I think about what his life can teach us, even in his death,” Hebaker said. “I believe – believe – that the circumstances surrounding Sue’s death teach us that the world still has a lot to learn about love.”

A memorial is also expected in the coming days for Mary Marshall, a 34-year-old Navy veteran who was walking her dog when she was killed. He planned to get married later this month.

Another victim was Nicole Connors, who was shot while talking to a neighbor on her porch. According to the Dayton Daily News, she was the mother of her extended family and her funeral is scheduled for Thursday in Dayton, Ohio.

A memorial was held Thursday for 16-year-old James Thompson, the older brother of the 15-year-old who police say opened fire. A basketball jersey was placed on top of James Thompson’s casket.

Jeff Roberts, senior pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, said during the service that he was “just getting to the age when the whole world was opening up to him.”

The shooter was identified by his parents as Austin Thompson. Police said they believe he fired shots at officers and several officers returned fire before he was arrested. According to a report released by the police on Thursday, his condition is critical.

The parents released a statement saying they were “overcome with grief” and saw no warning signs that “Austin was capable of anything like this.”

He was shifted to the pediatric ICU unit, his mother said on Wednesday. The top local prosecutor has said she will try to charge the teenager as an adult.

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