Funeral Held for Bridgeport Store Owner Killed During Robbery

Family and friends of Jose Salgado are paying their final respects to the 57-year-old Milford man who was killed in his Bridgeport grocery store during a robbery over the weekend.

Salgado was working with his wife at their store, Sapiao's Grocery at 351 Lexington Avenue, when armed robbers came in, demanding money on the afternoon of Saturday, April 11, according to police.

Just after Salgado gave the robbers the money, one of the robbers shot him.

Funeral services were held on Thursday morning in the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 4folloed by a mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Bridgeport.

The funeral is taking place on the same that one of the suspects in his murder, Leighton Vanderberg, 22, of New Haven, will be arraigned.

Police are still looking for Treizy Lopez, 18, of New Haven.

Salgado was born in Portugal, immigrated to the United States in 1975 and settled in Bridgeport, police said.

He worked for years as a machine operator in the Laborers Union until opening Sapiaos Grocery Store in 1991.

Salgado leaves Maria, his wife of 37 years; as well as two children, Jose D. Salgado and his wife Jennifer Jaques-Salgado of Orange and Rosa Ferreira and her husband Rolando of Bridgeport; as well as grandchildren, siblings and several nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers and sisters-in-law and many friends.

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