Family and friends pay their respects to man shot and killed outside St. Augustine bar with vigil, promenade
ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida. – Loved ones of Adam Amoia gathered in St. Augustine Thursday night in his memory. It would have been his 38th birthday.
Amoia was shot and killed outside Dos Gatos in May. A “hold on” petition was filed during the shooting. In June, a grand jury indicted a man for manslaughter and concealed possession of a weapon.
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Moments before a walk in Dos Gatos, a gathering was held at Amoia’s family restaurant, Georgie’s Diner, where friends shared memories.
Rosalina Chryssaidis, a cousin, said she was always there to celebrate Amoia’s birthday. She said Amoia was loved by the community – “a good friend, brother, cousin and son”.
“Every day I wake up and I’m like, this isn’t real. Like waking up and having to go through it again is the hardest part,” Chryssaidis said. “And I know he would want us to be positive. because that’s who he was, and that’s what it’s all about. We try to be positive, to say good things to the world, as it would be. And he wants us to celebrate his birthday.
Charles Usina, a friend of Amoia, attended the rally. It was Amoia’s first anniversary after her death.
“This time last year, we were at our Aunt Paula’s house celebrating with him around candles and, you know, singing happy birthday to him. This is the first year we’ve been without him,” Usina said. He was brutally taken from us for reasons we don’t understand.”
Usina said it was very important for him and his friend, Kyle Azaria, to be there for the family.
“It means everything to me,” Azaria said. “I know it would mean everything to Adam if the shoe was on the other foot. I know he would be there for my family.
After the meeting at Georgie’s Diner, the group stood outside Dos Gatos in downtown St. Augustine, holding candles, signs and pictures of Amoia.
“Being here and celebrating with friends and family is part of the healing process because we love each other,” Usina said. “And that’s ultimately what’s important is that Adam is looking down and he knows we’re here together to celebrate his memory with those who loved him and love each other.”
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