Airports To Pause For TSA Officer Killed in LAX Shooting

A moment of silence a week after agent was killed

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American airports will pause for a moment of silence Friday afternoon to honor the Transportation Security Agency officer who was shot and killed at Los Angeles International Airport last week.

At 12:20 p.m. EST (9:20 a.m. PST), TSA agents will halt security checkpoint operations in remembrance of  the moment Gerardo Hernandez, 39, was shot, the Associated Press reports. Hernandez’s death marks the first time a TSA agent was killed in the line of duty.

Paul Ciancia, who authorities have charged as the gunman, was reportedly targeting TSA agents specifically during his rampage. Two other officers and a bystander were wounded before police shot Ciancia, who is still in the hospital despite being charged with murder of a federal officer and commission of violence at an international airport.

On Tuesday, a public memorial service will be held for Hernandez at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

[AP]

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