TUALATIN, Ore. (AP) — Friends and relatives gathered Monday to remember a man killed in last week’s Oregon mall shootings as a person who made friends easily — and kept them.
The Oregonian reported the crowd that turned out to honor Steve Forsyth filled the 2,500-seat sanctuary at the Rolling Hills Christian Church in the Portland suburb of Tualatin.
“Dad never had a hard time making friends, but what was most impressive was he never had a hard time keeping them,” Forsyth’s stepdaughter, Katie Hughes, told the gathering. “I mean, all of you showed up today.”
Forsyth, 45, was one of two victims fatally shot Dec. 11 at the Clackamas Town Center mall. He was near a kiosk at the mall when Jacob Tyler Roberts opened fire.
Authorities say Roberts killed himself after using a stolen semiautomatic AR-15 rifle to kill Forsyth, of West Linn, and Cindy Yuille, 54, of Portland. Kristina Shevchenko, 15, of Portland, was wounded and was in fair condition at a Portland hospital.
Forsyth had worked in sales at Entercom Communications, which owns radio stations in the Portland area, before starting a marketing company with a friend.
Several speakers spoke of Forsyth’s delight in being a father to Hughes and his son Alex Forsyth. They talked about him dressing up to play princess with Hughes and coaching his son’s football, basketball and lacrosse teams.
Every husband, father, son and friend could take a lesson from Steve Forsyth in how to live, said West Linn Community Church pastor Joel Dombrow, who officiated.