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Ceremony to mark one-year anniversary of fatal shooting at LAX

Mayor Eric Garcetti will join a ceremony at Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of a shooting at Terminal 3 that claimed the life of Transportation Security Administration Officer Gerardo I. Hernandez.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and will include a wreath-laying, flag presentation and a performance by the TSA/LAX Chorus. There will also be an airport-wide moment of silence at 9:20 a.m.

Hernandez was the sole fatality when Paul Anthony Ciancia allegedly opened fire with a high-powered rifle inside the terminal on Nov. 1, 2013. Ciancia, 24, has been charged with 11 felony counts in the attack, including murder and attempted murder.

Authorities said that Ciancia approached several people cowering in the terminal, pointed the gun at them and asked if they “were TSA.” If the answer was no he moved on without pulling the trigger. A witness told The Times that the gunman cursed the TSA repeatedly as he moved through the terminal.

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The incident was over in less than 10 minutes but caused chaos at the world’s sixth-busiest airport and disrupted thousands of flights across the nation.

As gunfire rang out through the terminal, travelers and employees crawled on the floor and ducked behind planters and advertising kiosks. Passengers tripped over one another and abandoned baggage as they barreled backward through the security checkpoint.

Ciancia was wounded in a brief gun battle, arrested and taken to a hospital. Several others were injured by the gunfire.

Ana Hernandez, the victim’s wife, said at the time that her husband was “always excited to go to work.” The youngest of four siblings, she said, Gerardo moved to the United States from El Salvador at age 15 and graduated from Los Angeles High School.

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Ana Hernandez said she was 16 and he was 19 when they met. They married in 1998 on Valentine’s Day.


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