Joseph Timothy Clifford
37 Years Old

November 1, 1958 to February 9, 1996

Timmy, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, enjoyed golf immensely. He played every moment he could. His family trips always included a round or two of golf. When he wasn't golfing, he would spend time with his daughter, Nicole, who was one of the most important people in his life. His work hours allowed him time in the afternoons to spend with Nicole. Timmy, his wife Kim, and Nicole loved to go to Disney World. they had season passes every year and got their money's worth out of the passes. I think Disney lost money on those season passes.

Timmy was employed by the City of Fort Lauderdale for 17 years. He was the Foreman of the Beach Crew. Timmy and his wife Kim were both city employees. They started working there just before they got married. They started out mowing grass. As a matter of fact, on their wedding day, his wife had poison ivy from doing the groundskeeping. He worked his way up to Foreman of the beach crew over the years.

He got the biggest kick out of cracking corny jokes and playing practical jokes on his friends and family. Timmy and his best friend, who grew up together and was killed along with Timmy, were the kings of corny jokes and one-liners.

His family includes: wife, Kim Clifford, daughter, Nicole Clifford, (9 years old at the time of his death), sisters, Yvonne Shelton and Becky Brand'l, brother, Jim Clifford, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Timmy was at work on the morning of Friday, February 9, 1996 (his day off) at 5:00 am along with six other hard-working City of Fort Lauderdale employees. A disgruntled former employee viciously walked in and said, "All you mother #%&*%&#'s are going to die," then began to gun six of them down with a .9 mm glock semi-automatic weapon before turning the gun on himself.

So, I assume in the eyes of the law this is a closed case. The murderer waited in the shadows of darkness for the beach crew to arrive before barging in on their morning meeting. In the end, five employees were dead, one seriously injured and another escaped out a back door and ran for help. The entire shooting spree lasted approximately 30 seconds. They had no time to protect themselves. Before the killer (coward) took his own life, he walked over to my brother who was already dead and shot him one more time in the back. This was a violent crime that shocked the entire community, family members, friends and co-workers of these six victims. Five hard-working, honest, responsible men lost their lives that dark morning. On Friday, February 9, 1996 at 5:00 am, five wives lost their husbands, ten children lost their fathers, parents lost their sons, and numerous siblings lost their brothers.

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