They were picking their loads when the shooting started.
The older drivers at Hartford Distributors, the guys with the most seniority, always picked their delivery routes first, before the younger drivers got to choose.
The drivers would gather in a small room to talk before getting into their trucks. It was a tight fraternity that produced close friendships, and none was stronger than the bond between Michael Pletscher and Francis Fazio, both 57 and both from Bristol.
Their wives went to grammar school together. Their sons played on the same Pony League baseball team.
Fazio was one of Omar Thornton's eight victims, and Pletscher was struggling Wednesday to...