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He was raising 2 kids after wife’s death. Orlando workplace shooter left them orphans

Kevin Clark, 53, who was killed Monday in the Orlando shooting by a fired employee at an awning factory. He was the widower of Kelly Gavin, who graduated from Miami Killian High.
Kevin Clark, 53, who was killed Monday in the Orlando shooting by a fired employee at an awning factory. He was the widower of Kelly Gavin, who graduated from Miami Killian High. For the Miami Herald

One of the five people who was killed Monday in Orlando when a former employee of an awning factory opened fire was the widower of a Miami Killian Senior High School graduate — who died seven years ago from an illness and left him to raise their two children.

Kevin Clark, 53, whose children are now 14 and 18, was inside the Orlando-based Fiamma Inc. Monday morning when John Robert Neumann Jr., who was fired in April, began shooting, police said.

Clark was married to Kelly Gavin, a Miami Killian graduate, Class of 1990, who died on March 11, 2010, from an illness. She was 37, a social worker and advocate for foster children.

Together, Kevin and Kelly had two children, Gavin, 18, and Delaney, 14.

By Monday evening, a Gofundme page for the Clark teens had raised more than $25,000 and had been shared by nearly 2,000 including on the Miami Killian Senior High School Graduates Facebook Page.

“As some of you may know, Kelly Gavin, fellow classmate and great friend at Miami Killian High School, left this world… leaving behind a loving husband and her two children,” alumnus Allen George wrote. “Well, tragedy has struck this family again. Sadly, Kelly's husband and father to her two children, Kevin Clark, was shot and killed in today's violent attack.”

The Orlando Sentinel reported the Winter Springs family had just celebrated the high school graduation of Gavin. According to the Gofundme page, he played football for Lake Howell Pop Warner and Delaney is a cheerleader.

“The guy was never not happy despite whatever hardships he might have had in his life,” Kevin’s brother Chris Clark told the paper. “He always had a good attitude.”

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

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