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Funeral Plans Set For Hero Barber Killed In Bridgeport Shooting

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the family of Deon 'Bishop' Rodney, a Bridgeport barber killed in a shooting earlier this month.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the family of Deon 'Bishop' Rodney, a Bridgeport barber killed in a shooting earlier this month. Photo Credit: GoFundMe

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A barber hailed as a hero after he died while protecting customers from a masked gunman in the barbershop will be laid to rest on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Deon "Bishop" Rodney, 31, died after he was shot at Just Right Cutz barbershop on Park Avenue on Saturday, Oct. 14, according to police.

Rodney sprang into action to protect his customers, including a young boy whose hair he had just finished cutting, police said.

Related story: Man killed in Bridgeport barbershop shooting died trying to stop gunman

The services for Rodney — called a “homegoing celebration” — will take place at Refuge Temple Church of God, 3050 Main St., Bridgeport. Viewing is scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m., with services from 9 to 11 a.m. For more information, email deonrodneyhomegoing@gmail.com.

"I loved you endlessly til the end of time. We experienced life together ... The ups, the downs, the good, the bad, the for better or for worse and now til the death do us part," his wife, Kimone Waite, said in a Facebook post. "You worked and perfected your craft endlessly day and night. We argued about late nights in the barbershop but I knew you would make it to bigger and greater things. I saw greatness in you. An amazing father, son and husband."

In addition to his wife, Rodney is survived by his 8-year-old daughter and his mother.

Co-workers of his wife set up a GoFundMe campaign to assist with the funeral costs. Any funds remaining after the funeral costs will be placed into a trust fund for his daughter.

Nearly $10,000 of the $30,000 goal had been raised as of late Thursday.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Click here to support the GoFundMe campaign for Deon Rodney.

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