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Funeral Thursday for local man killed at park

Nicholas Flacco

A funeral Mass is set for Thursday for Nicholas Flacco, a 20-year-old from Bustleton who was shot to death Saturday night at FDR Park, near 19th Street and Pattison Avenue in South Philadelphia.

Flacco is survived by his parents, Christopher and Cathy Flacco; his sister, Olivia; grandparents Roland and Maryanne Flacco and John and Lorraine Haggerty; and aunts and uncles.

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A viewing will start at 9 a.m., followed by a Mass at noon at St. Albert, 212 Welsh Road in Huntingdon Valley. Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Flacco’s memory can be made to Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, P.O. Box 11653, Philadelphia, PA 19116. The website is www.mclefphila.org

Police said they responded to a report of a person with a gun at 9:57 p.m. On the scene, they found Flacco suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported by police to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:17 p.m.

No weapon was found, and no arrest has been made.

Flacco, of the 8900 block of Springview Road, was a 2013 graduate of St. Albert the Great Elementary School and a 2017 graduate of Holy Ghost Prep, which is planning a prayer service in his memory.

Flacco was a sophomore liberal arts major at Penn State who was in Philadelphia to celebrate his birthday on Friday. He was in the Penn State ROTC and hoped to become a Marine.

The killing took place in a park not too far from Citizens Bank Park, where the Phillies had played earlier in the day. Police described a dispute among tailgaters that led to the shooting.

Monsignor Joseph Duncan, pastor at St. Albert the Great, has closed the school on Thursday in anticipation of a large gathering of mourners.

The city, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 and International Association of Fire Fighters Local 22 have contributed to a reward fund that stands at $35,000 for information leading to an arrest in the killing.

Arrangements are being handled by John F. Givnish Funeral Home, of Academy Road. ••

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