A fund has been established to give financial assistance to the family of a federal agent who was slain on New Year's Eve while trying to stop a man who had robbed a Seaford pharmacy, officials said Thursday.

Checks should be made out to the Special Agent John Capano Memorial Fund and sent to the Federal Drug Agents Foundation at 380 N. Broadway, Suite 203, Jericho, NY 11753, the officials said.

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Donations to the Federal Drug Agents Foundation are tax-deductible, the officials said.

Capano, 51, of Massapequa, had been a special agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which announced the fund had been created.

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said Capano was, "an outstanding man and his family will miss him. . . . To help with his two children's education expenses, as well as necessary family financial obligations, a memorial fund has been set up in his memory."

Capano is survived by his wife, Dori, 55, an Internal Revenue Service agent; son John, 18, a freshman at Northeastern University in Boston; and daughter Natalie, 15, a sophomore at St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip.