Vigil held for men shot, killed in Titusville neighborhood feud

Gary Hembree, Roger Picor shot by neighbor William Woodward

TITUSVILLE, Fla. - Well over one hundred people stood in front of the neighboring homes where two men were shot and killed in Titusville.

Friends and family of the two victims shot and killed by their neighbor in Titusville held a vigil Wednesday night.

William T. Woodward, 44, of Titusville, was arrested on one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in the shooting death of Gary Lee Hembree, 39. Titusville police were notified that the second victim in the shooting, Roger Picior, 44, died on Wednesday, resulting in one charge of attempted murder being upgraded to first-degree murder.

Hembree was shot multiple times in his yard during a Labor Day cookout on Smith Drive and was pronounced dead at the scene. Hembree's friend, Picior, was shot twice in the head, according to neighbors.

Cathy Kirschner of North Carolina, says Hembree, her nephew, was taken far too soon.

"That boy had a heart of gold, he loved his mother more than life itself," she said.

Investigators believe Hembree was heckling Woodward, who is a Gulf War veteran, the previous evening, yelling insults about him as part of an ongoing dispute.

A third victim, Bruce Timothy Blake, 49, remains hospitalized in stable condition. Woodward, who lives across the street, fired 31 rounds at his three neighbors.
11 of those shots were fired at Blake, who lives next-door- the only neighbor to survive.

His wife, Keri Blake, says her husband had his fourth surgery on Wednesday, and is expected to survive- but the road to recovery will be a long one.

"Violence is never the answer, please, if you think you're going to go there, get help," she said.

One week ago the neighbors were in court trying to get restraining orders against each other.  Woodward's friends say he suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and snapped after weeks of being taunted by his neighbor.

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