‘He’s our hero:’ Vigil at Parma bar where two were shot and killed

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PARMA, Ohio (WJW)– There was a candlelight vigil Tuesday night outside the Parma bar where two men were shot and killed.

Dozens gathered at Rookies Sports Bar and Grill on Pearl Road to remember Sean Acierno, 29, of Parma, and Timoteo “Tim” Cruz, 27, of Cleveland. Those who worked at the bar called Cruz a hero, while Parma police said his actions likely saved additional lives.

“I’m not crying at this minute because I’m at peace with God,” Cruz’s father said. “He knew the risks, he knew the consequences.” He called the violence, “A careless act of cowardice.”

Acierno was walking through the parking lot shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday when he was shot, according to Parma police. Cruz, a Cuyahoga County corrections officer who was working security, fired at the suspect before he was also shot.

Acierno and Cruz died, while the suspect suffered a gunshot wound and escaped in a getaway car.

Brothers Juan Carlos Perez, 27, and Luis Carlos Candelario, 30, are charged with aggravated murder. They will appear in Parma Municipal Court Wednesday morning.

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