Slain postal worker honored with memorial
COLUMBUS, Ohio —
A friend who had a smile for everyone.
That’s how people described 52-year old Lance Herrera-Dempsey at a celebration of life for the slain Dublin postal worker.
Around 75 friends and co-workers met at The Church for All People Sunday evening in south Columbus, where Lance and his husband Steve are long-time members.
“I want this night to be about Lance and the joy he brought to others, not about how he died,” said husband Steve Dempsey.
Pictures of Lance from childhood to adulthood filled tables in the lobby of the church.
There were also awards from the US postal service, and medals Herrera-Dempsey received while serving in the United States Army.
“He was a good friend and made the job a lot easier,” said Cheryl Barrett, Herrera-Dempsey’s co-worker, and long-time friend.
Herrera-Dempsey was fatally shot last month inside the Dublin Post office.
A fellow postal worker, Ginger Ballard’s body was discovered later in a northwest Columbus apartment parking lot.
24-year old Deshaune Stewart, a fellow postal co-worker, was charged with two counts of murder in the case.
Investigators believe the murders may’ve been the result of workplace retaliation.
Stewart was under investigation for alleged misconduct on the job at the time of the homicides according to police.