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Workers at site of fatal Conn. shootings upset by anti-racismwebsite created by killer's mom
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ' The union representing workers at a Connecticut beer distributor is speaking out against a website set up by the mother of a man who killed eight employees.
Lillie Holliday has set up a memorial-fund site for her son, Omar Thornton, which solicits donations to fight institutionalized racism.
Thornton, who was black, had blamed racism at work for his shooting rampage in August 2010 at the Hartford Distributors warehouse in Manchester.
A police investigation concluded there was no evidence to support that claim.
Christopher Roos, a manager of the Teamsters local, says he understands that Holliday loved her son. But he says the victims weren't racist and putting that label on them makes "more wounds."
Holliday tells WTIC-TV she should be allowed to grieve in her own way. Thornton shot 10 people, eight of them fatally, before killing himself.