LAWRENCE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A funeral was held Thursday for the Lawrence Department of Public Works employee who was shot and killed last week while on the job.
Marcos “Tony” Ruiz-Rodriguez was repairing a road when he was shot in the area of Andover and Clifton Streets. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
Authorities say Ruiz wasn’t the intended target of the shooting.
Ruiz’s casket was proceeded by a street sweeper, and escorted by fellow public works employees from all over the state.
Tom Collins, a retired DPW director in Needham, said that public works employees do not get any death benefits despite their jobs being dangerous. He wants workers to get the same death benefit that police and fire do.
"This gentleman got murdered on the job, he gets nothing," Collins said.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to support Ruiz's family.
WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports