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Empire State Building shooting victim's wake set

NEWS12 WESTCHESTER: Nanuet native Steven Ercolino was killed on Friday by a former co-worker. (Aug. 27, 2012)

A wake will be held Monday for the Nanuet native slain by a laid-off former co-worker outside the Empire State Building last week.

Steven Ercolino, also a former Warwick resident, was shot in the head on West 33rd Street Friday morning by Jeffrey Johnson, 58, who police said harbored a workplace grudge from their time together at Hazan Import Corp.

Ercolino's family will receive friends from 5-9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday at the Ballard-Durand Funeral Home, 2 Maple Ave., South Broadway, White Plains.

After Ercolino was killed, Johnson, dressed in a business suit and carrying a briefcase, turned his gun on police. The ensuing shootout left Johnson dead and nine other people wounded on the sidewalk.

A grand jury is expected to investigate whether police used proper procedures in responding to the gunman at 9 a.m. Friday when the sidewalks were bustling with pedestrians.

The funeral for Ercolino will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in White Plains.

Cremation will follow funeral Mass at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale.

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