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Grandfather of Clinic Shooting Victim Dies After Getting News

January 2, 1995

CANAJOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) _ The 88-year-old grandfather of a woman fatally shot at a suburban Boston abortion clinic died a few hours after being told of her death.

John J. Manning, who had a degenerative heart condition, died the day Shannon Lowney was killed at the clinic where she worked as a receptionist.

``My feeling is God called Shannon home, and my dad caught up with her so she didn’t make the trip alone,″ said John B. Manning, Manning’s son and Lowney’s uncle.

A worker at another clinic in Brookline, Mass., also was killed and five people were wounded in the rampage Friday. John C. Salvi III, described by friends and relatives as opposed to abortion, was arrested in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday after the windows of a clinic building there were shot out.

Manning said he was not blaming his father’s death on Salvi.

``I’m not viewing it that way,″ he said. ``Each member of the family will have their own feelings about that.″

Manning said he and his sister Nancy MacFarland broke the news to their father a few hours after learning of Lowney’s death. The elderly widower, who lived alone, was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in nearby Amsterdam and died about 12 hours after his granddaughter’s death. Lowney, 25, was one of the elder Manning’s 14 grandchildren.

``My dad was clearly ready and has been ready,″ the younger Manning said. ``The tragic loss for the family is Shannon.″