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Services set for Merrillville man as police continue investigation

Andrew Fugate

Andrew Fugate

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Updated: December 9, 2013 10:55AM



MERRILLVILLE — The family of 27-year-old Andrew Fugate is preparing his funeral services as police continue to investigate his shooting death at his family’s business, Piatak Meats, on Monday.

A funeral service for the Hobart resident will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Rees Funeral Home, 600 W. Old Ridge Road, Hobart, with Pastor Gary Butler of Bethel Church & Ministries in Crown Point officiating.

Burial will follow at McCool Cemetery, 2700 McCool Road, Portage.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Rees Funeral Home, Hobart Chapel.

“The family is grieving deeply, but is finding comfort, strength and forgiveness in the Gospel,” said Butler, who said he’s met with the Fugate family every day since the shooting.

Police “are working it strong,” said Robert Byrd, spokesman for Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force, about the investigation into Fugate’s death.

Still, he said there have been no new developments in the ongoing investigation.

Merrillville Police found Fugate’s body in a cooler Monday morning while responding to a 911 call stating the business was being burglarized, according to Byrd.

Byrd said Fugate, who was employed at the business located at 6200 Broadway, arrived there shortly after 4 a.m., as usual, to begin the daily food preparations. Another employee arrived at 7 a.m. and found Fugate’s body and evidence of a burglary and called police, Byrd said.

Byrd said nothing was taken from the business and the safe was secure.

There was no forced entry into the business, but there was physical evidence of an attempted burglary.

Byrd said police picked up a few people for questioning, but there is no one in custody for the crime.

He said Piatak Meats was the scene of an attempted burglary in June , but the alarm went off and the burglars fled without taking anything.



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