William Ackerman

William Ackerman, A No-Nonsense Man

William Ackerman, A No-Nonsense Man

Friends describe William C. Ackerman as kind, but gruff.

The 51-year-old was a good man, they say, adding that "only the good die young."

Friends say that Ackerman was one of nine people to die in a shooting at Hartford Distributors on Tuesday. They said he worked in the company's breakage department, repackaging cases of beer when bottles broke.

He thought there was more job security in the warehouse, said Doug Norwood, a Manchester resident and a driver for Hartford Distributors.

Norwood said he has been friends with Ackerman for years. At one point, Ackerman was even his tenant, he said.

Ackerman lived in his home on School Street for 12...