Hundreds gather to remember Austin IRS worker

February 27, 2010 6:06:08 AM PST
Hundreds of mourners crowded a church in eastern Austin to pay tribute to an Internal Revenue Service worker killed when a man plunged his small plane into the building housing an IRS office. The Austin American-Statesman reports that more than 200 people gathered at the St. James Missionary Baptist church for the funeral of 68-year-old Vernon Hunter.

Hunter, a Vietnam War veteran, died Feb. 18 when Andrew Joseph Stack III of Austin deliberately crash his small plane into an Austin office building. Hunter was a group manager in the IRS office in that building. Stack was the only other person killed.

Letters from President Barack Obama and Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell were read to the mourners.

Meanwhile, KXAN-TV in Austin reports city code compliance officials have determined that the office building remains structurally sound despite the crash damage.