SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - It's not unusual for Springfield's Sixteen Acres neighborhood to be bustling with people doing their errands, but yesterday the area was busy for a different reason.
Crowds lined the streets to pay their final respects to Springfield's fallen hero. Many homes displayed signs and memorials on their lawn, while businesses flew their flags at half staff and honored Kevin Ambrose on their store signs. Businesses were still open yesterday, but even those who did step into stories noticed a different mood throughout the day.
Kim Marion of the United Bank Sixteen Acres branch told 22News, "It's been pretty moving. A lot of us who work here at the bank live in 16 Acres and just driving into work you can see how many people have come together to pay their last respects or show support for the family,"
Kevin Ambrose was a loyal customer to the neighborhood businesses over the years, and as the procession passed many recalled his fun personality during his visits.
"You could always hear a laugh. If he bumped into his buddies here or something, there would always be a laugh. A loud one," Otto Welker recalled.
And that laugh will surely be missed by all who knew and loved Kevin Ambrose.