A neighbor confirms to NBC4 that the smiling man in this Facebook photo is Gerardo I. Hernandez, 39, of Porter Ranch, who was shot and killed Nov. 1, 2013, while working as a TSA security officer at Los Angeles International Airport.
The autopsy of the TSA officer shot to death during the LAX shooting rampage concluded Saturday and cited multiple gunshot wounds as his cause of death, authorities said.
Gerardo Hernandez, 39, of Porter Ranch, died at 11 a.m. Nov. 1 at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, less than two hours after a lone gunman opened fire in the airport, Lieutenant Cheryl MacWillie of the LA County Department of Coroner told NBC4.
Hernandez, originally from El Salvador, was a week away from his 40th birthday, said his wife, Ana.
"I am truly devastated," she said. "We are all heartbroken. We will miss him dearly."
Hernandez, the first TSA officer killed in the line of duty, is survived by his wife and two children.
The 23-year-old man suspected of killing Hernandez and shooting four others remains unconcious in the hospital with four gunshot wounds, according to authorities. The suspected gunman, Paul Anthony Ciancia will be charged with murder of a federal officer in connection with the LAX shooting.
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