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Services for veteran prosecutor Madruga set for Friday in Key West

Manny Madruga
Manny Madruga

Memorial services for longtime prosecutor Manny Madruga have been set for Friday in Key West, according to his daughter.

A community mass at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 1010 Windsor Lane, is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday. Following the Mass at 4:30 p.m. the Rotary clubs are hosting a celebration of life at Duval Square, 1075 Duval St.

Instead of flowers, the family has released a list of nonprofits to which they prefer people donate: The Monroe Association of ReMARCable Citizens in Key West, Rotary Club International, the Boys and Girls Club, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Trevor Project and any state park or national park.

Madruga, a Miami native, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home Nov. 17, police said.

He was 53 and had launched his legal career in Monroe County at the State Attorney’s Office in 1990, fresh from graduation from the University of Miami Law School. He is survived by a daughter, Natalie Madruga.

“The community has lost one of the finest citizens ever to have lived here in Monroe County,” State Attorney Catherine Vogel said in a statement last week. “I beseech you in his memory to be kind to one another and remember him for the life he lived.”

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