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From: Michael Sorenson
Sent: Sunday, May 25, 2003 8:04 AM
Subject: In The Memory of a Dear Friend: Barry Cunnane, 1976 - 2003
The last times that I spent with Barry were delightful, filled with anecdotes, laughter and the warm fellowship for which he is so well known.
The Judeo-Christian ethic teaches us to eschew feelings of revenge and retribution, but in these troubling times it is so difficult to extend compassion and understanding to those who take for granted the gifts and dreams others have come to these shores to realize; someone who would take from us such a vital life that was filled with promise and joy.
I extend my arms and heart in sorrow to Barry's brother Frank and his family in Ireland. Barry Cunnane was a good and faithful man. He will be dearly missed.
May 25, 2003
A 27-year-old part-time actor died Saturday afternoon after being shot once in the head while walking in Ravenswood.
Barry Cunnane and a friend were approached by two other men around 1:35 a.m. in the 1900 block of West Leland, and words were exchanged before the shooting, police said.
Cunnane, an actor with the Saint Sebastian Players theater company, was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 3:45 p.m. Police were interviewing witnesses but had no one in custody.
Cunnane--who grew up in Dublin, Ireland--had trained as an actor there. After working with several British theater companies, he came to Chicago and participated in the actors' workshop at Roosevelt University. By day, he was a data and sales specialist at the American Medical Association.