Murdered Newark pizza clerk's widow speaks out

March 4, 2012 4:42:31 PM PST
Police are searching for the gunmen who opened fired on a pizza clerk at a family-owned restaurant in Newark.

Calvin Patton, 55, was shot and killed inside the Golden Pizzeria & Grill on South Orange Avenue around 11:15 p.m. Saturday.

The shooting was the result of an apparent robbery attempt.

Calvin was a father of six and was shot just as he was finishing a 12-hour shift.

Now, the victim's heartbroken widow Nina Patton says she can't afford to bury him.

"I would be most glad for someone to help me out," Patton said.

She was married to her husband for 29 years and his loss is too much for her to bear.

Calvin worked at the pizza shop for 35 years, off and on.

He was working when a man came in, jumped over the counter and shot him twice in the chest.

Nothing was stolen.

It is a rough and tumble neighborhood, that seems to some, to be getting worse.

"That's common for this area. It happens a lot and it's getting worse unfortunately. You're running a business and looking over your shoulder at the same time," business owner Pat Lemmo said.

Friends wipe away tears for Calvin Patton and they light candles for the father of six who leaves behind a family devastated by the loss.

"I have no money, I have no reward. But if you have a heart and a conscience, please, please pick up the phone and call because (sobs) life is too short," Calvin's widow Nina said.

Police are looking for two gunmen.

No description has been made available, but police say witnesses saw a silver car fleeing the scene.

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