Raymond Facey, 58, of Brooklyn, who was shot dead Tuesday by a suspect fleeing the scene of the fatal shooting of a Nassau police officer, was a hard worker who was "good and kindhearted," friends and family said.
"He was a good person," said Tony Facey, of Cambria Heights, a longtime friend who is not related. "He was kindhearted. This is such a great tragedy. We lost a great man."
Police said Raymond Facey was shot in the head by Darrell Fuller, 33, who stole Facey's car after having shot Officer Arthur Lopez, 29, during a pursuit near the Cross Island Parkway on the Queens-Nassau border.
Facey was an innocent bystander, police said.
"I cannot fathom how this happened to my brother-in-law, such a good man," said Christine Cameron, adding that Facey was pulled over on the road and talking on a cellphone with his daughter when he was shot.
Raymond Facey was married, had four children and three grandchildren.
He made a living driving trucks to construction sites and was also known as "Bryon," said Tony Facey, adding that he had known Raymond Facey for 15 years.
"He was family," Cameron said. "He was a working man. He chased hours."
Cameron said Facey emigrated from Jamaica nearly 30 years ago.
"He loved to barbecue and play music," Cameron said.
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