Firefighter laid to rest

UPDATED 3/7/08

Michele vasquez, wife of slain firefighter Lt. Ray Vasquez, addressed the media Thursday talking about how great a father her husband was.

"All he did was give and he never asked for anything in return," she said.  "I already knew this but as more and more people come to my house it seems to be a statement that they tell me over and over and over. Every time we called him he came and he never called us for anything"

A funeral with full honors for Lieutenant Vazquez takes place this morning at 11 a.m. at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in suburban West Palmbeach.

The funeral will be followed by a procession to the Dorsey-E Earl Smith Memory Gardens in Lake Worth.  Drivers should be aware, there will be traffic leading up to the funeral and intermittent road closures between the ampitheatre and the memory gardens for the procession.

It will be happening between 12:30 and 3:30p.m., so avoid the area if you can.

Also, Friday night at 7pm, a memorial concert will take place at City Place in Down Town West Palm Beach. All proceeds will be donated to Lt. Vasquez's memorial fund.

UPDATED 3/5/08:

New information on the shooting rampage inside a West Palm Beach Wendy's restaraunt.

Investigators tell us 60 year old Alber Blake of West Palm Beach fired dozens of shots at customers inside that Wendy's on Military trail and Cherry st.

Several people watched in horror as the gunman killed a firefighter, shot and injured other people, and then turned the gun on himself.

Blake shot and killed Palm Beach county Fire Lieutenant Rafael Vasquez.  Lt. Vazquez went back inside to change out his child's toy, while his family waited in the car outside the restaurant.

After the rampage, Blake turned the gun on himself, fired it, and died.

Albur Blake had no ties to Wendy's or any employees, and investigators still have no clear motive for the shootings.


Six people have been shot at the Wendy's on Military Trail and Cherry Road in West Palm Beach. It happened at just after noon Monday.

We're told a man walked into the restaurant and opened fire with what's believed to be a 9mm handgun. Two people are confirmed dead, one of them is the gunman, and three are in critical condition. Two elderly people are injured.

The gunman shot and killed himself.

Numerous people fled the scene leaving their cars in the parking lot and drive-thru.

We'll keep you updated as we learn more.