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Keith Basinski Funeral Is 2 p.m. Thursday

Service for UPS driver killed in Minneapolis shootings is at Emmanuel Christian Center in Spring Lake Park. A Teamster spokesperson called his death unprecedented.

The funeral for Keith Basinski of Spring Lake Park, the UPS driver shot and killed at Access Signage on Sept. 27 in Minneapolis, is set for 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 at Emmanuel Christian Center in Spring Lake Park.

Visitation is at the church from 1–2 p.m., immediately before the funeral service.

The burial ceremony is at Hillside Cemetery, 2610 19th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, at 4:45 p.m.

A memorial fund for Basinski's family has been established at First Advantage Bank, Coon Rapids.

Basinksi's union has also set up a memorial fund.

'Doing His Job'
"We feel a responsibility to our family," said Edward Reynoso of the Teamsters Joint Council 32. "We consider our members' families our family."

Reynoso called Basinski's murder unprecedented. "We've never had a UPS employee shot at a workplace," he said.

Reynoso said UPS delivery drivers typically spend three to four minutes maximum at each customer's location. "It's such a difficult situation. He was doing his job—literally, the wrong place at the wrong time."

'Cream of the Crop'
Online guest books are filling up at Legacy.com (72 messages as of 10 a.m. Thursday) and at the website of Miller Funeral Home in Fridley, where a former customer wrote:

"I always thought that UPS must have a policy only to hire the most polite, pleasant, nice staff, and Keith was the cream of the crop."

Friends, family and customers have also left comments at Fridley Patch posts:

  • Social Media Overflows with Remembrances of Spring Lake Park Victim

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