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'A cruel world'; widow of cement truck driver killed by stray bullet speaks out

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Frank Langston and his wife, Sharon. (Family Photo) Frank Langston and his wife, Sharon. (Family Photo)

A cement truck driver died after being one of two people shot in Berkeley Thursday afternoon.

Around 12:25 p.m., police received a call about a shooting that happened near the intersection of Fay Drive and Canyon Drive.

Police said the first victim, William Dortch, 27, was inside a car when the suspect fired shots. He was driven to the hospital, where he later died.

According to police, a cement truck driver was shot by a stray bullet in the lower body while pouring concrete at a nearby MSD job site. The driver, later identified as 55-year-old Frank Langston, was pronounced dead Friday morning at a local hospital. 

According to his family, Langston drove a cement truck for Raineri Construction for 15 years.

A man living in the area, who asked to remain anonymous, said he heard the shots. 

"I opened up the door and I saw two guys running down the street and I heard the shots," he said, "I saw a Sante Fe going up that way (pointing toward the opposite direction of his home)." 

"Terrible that they would do it in broad daylight," said the neighbor." it doesn’t make sense." 

Langston's wife Sharon said she's devastated by her husband's death and is shocked that someone could lose their life by simply going to work.

"It's a cruel world. Just randomly start shooting. I mean you're not safe nowhere. You can't go to work and make an honest living," Sharon said. "They took my husband from me out of stupidity, out there shooting. The world is so wicked now these youngsters just killing up each other, it's sad." 

Langston was a member of the Crown Royal's Motorcycle club in Kirkwood and was often seen wearing his cowboy hat.  Family members said Langston was highly regarded by those who came in contact with him during his 15 years driving a cement truck.

The Crown Royal's Motorcycle Club is dedicating its monthly dance in memory of Langston Friday.

"His boss asked me to have the service Saturday because some of the customers from the other plants where he delivered to wanted to come and pay their last respects," Sharon said.

If you have any information on the shooting, call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477.

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