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    Dallas Firefighter shot in Peoria Arizona dies..

    Dallas man shot in Peoria after Super Bowl dies
    Brent Whiting
    The Arizona Republic
    Feb. 6, 2008 08:23 AM

    Charles "Chucky" Whitaker, one of two Dallas firefighters shot in a drive-by shooting in Peoria following the Super Bowl, died early Wednesday in a Valley hospital.

    His death was confirmed by Mike Tellef, a Peoria police spokesman, who said Whitaker, 38, was pronounced dead about 3:30 a.m. after being pulled off of life support.

    Co-workers are shocked by the grim turn of events, said Firefighter Paul Lara, a spokesman for the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department.

    "Everybody was pulling for him," Lara said. "We just wanted to get him back, so now everything is turned upside down."

    Whitaker, a 14-year veteran of the Dallas agency, as well as a friend and fellow firefighter, was shot from a passing vehicle about 1:50 a.m. Monday while both men were walking to their Peoria hotel near 84th Avenue and Bell Road from a nearby nightclub.

    Whitaker was rushed to a hospital with wounds to the leg, chest and head.

    The friend, Reginald Cuington, 43, a lieutenant with the Dallas agency and a 17-year veteran, was wounded in the leg and walked to the hotel seeking assistance.

    Investigators have offered no immediate motive for the assault and continue their search for the shooter.

    Tellef, the Peoria police spokesman, said detectives have uncovered no evidence that Whitaker or Cuington had been involved in any type of altercation.

    "We don't know what caused the shooting," Tellef said.

    The drive-by shooting occurred while both men were walking back to the Comfort Suites, 8473 W. Paradise Lane, in the city's entertainment district near the Peoria Sports Complex.

    For whatever reason, shots were fired from a vehicle that drove past the pair, Tellef said. The investigation is continuing, he said.
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    Pray for our brother and family. Funeral info below.
    Charles "Chucky" Whitaker

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    Funeral Services for Firefighter shot while in Arizona for Super Bowl

    Funeral Services for Firefighter shot while in Arizona for Super Bowl



    Funeral Services for Charles E. Whitaker will be held Friday, February 15, 2008, 11:00 a.m. at Potter's House, 6777 W. Kiest Blvd, Dallas, TX. Update

    Whitaker was shot last Monday while in Arizona for Super Bowl weekend with another Dallas firefighter, 43-year-old Reginald Cuington, who was shot in the leg but suffered lesser injuries.

    http://www.dallasfirerescue.com/

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