Community gathers to remember Westerly shooting victim

South County

WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) — Family and friends are remembering the mother of four that was shot and killed inside a Westerly housing complex.

Julie Lynn Cardinal, a manager at Babcock Village, was one of three people shot when a resident opened fire in the main lobby. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her family, friends and members of the community gathered at Westerly Yacht Club Friday afternoon to honor Cardinal’s memory.

The Westerly Yacht Club was a place of significance for Cardinal. In 2016, she was an integral part of the fight to allow women to become full members of the private venue.

Cardinal’s wake, funeral and burial will be private, according to her obituary.

Another manager at Babcock Village, Robin Moss, was critically injured in the shooting. Moss, 38, has undergone nine surgeries since the incident and is now expected to make a full recovery.

A resident of the housing complex, Donna Thornley, 66, was also shot and is currently in stable condition.

The gunman, later identified as Joseph Giachello, 66, later turned the gun on himself after returning to his residence.

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A resident, Donna Thornley, 66, was also shot and is currently in stable condition. The gunman was a resident of the complex and, police said, killed himself after the shooting.

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