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Funeral Celebrates Life of Slain Peekskill Man

Hundreds of people attended the funeral service for Peekskill resident Terry Camper.

Terry Camper’s family held a united, if solemn, front as they entered the United Methodist Church this morning.

Yes, there were tears and cries for "Uncle Terry" that could be heard.

But there was also a sense joy and relief that a man known by many as a gentle giant is at peace.

“Terry would not change places with none of  us,” Rev. Moses Carter said during the service.” “If Terry could come here and he would say ‘Look, I got it going on. You all are still holding your fingers up, hollering for a taxi driver.' He would say, ‘I’ve got my own chariot. I don’t need to holler anymore for any taxi driver...I ride on the wings of angels.’”

Camper was killed last week in tragic murder plot police said was allegedly orchestrated by his wife and her lover. They two allegedly killed Camper in two take advantage of tw life insurance policies that were taken out on his life.

More than 200 people attended the funeral.

Camper was born Jan. 27, 1959. He graduated Peekskill High School in 1978. Camper’s obituary states that he graduated from Peekskill High School in 1978 and worked at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Montrose. He also had a side business as a taxi-driver.

He is survived by his mother, a son, three brothers, four sisters and two grandsons.

Lawrence Camper, Terry Camper’s nephew, recounted the last time he spoke with his uncle. He said his uncle was impressed by his collection of suits and he wanted to know where he got them.

Lawrence Camper said that conversation took place the night before his uncle died.

“I just kept asking God why,” Camper said. “Why did this have to happen? My uncle was the nicest person in the world.”

Camper said he felt heaviness in his heart that he couldn’t hold.

“Then God spoke to me and he reminded me that Jesus was sold out for 30 pieces of silver,” Camper said. “And he gave his life so that we may be free...I need to know that my uncle is alright...He’s not going through anymore pain.  But he allowed me to know that I must continue to get my house in order.”

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