PORTLAND (AP) – Friends of a New Hampshire man fatally shot at a visitor center off Interstate 295 in Yarmouth said Sunday that even though he had no relatives in the U.S., they will always consider him part of their families.

They gathered at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Boothbay Harbor to remember Julius Petrovic, who worked each summer for more than a decade as the maitre d’ at the Spruce Point Inn.

Petrovic was shot in the chest on May 17 while sitting inside his parked Ford Escape at the Yarmouth tourist information center parking lot. He was 60.

Petrovic immigrated to the U.S. from Czechoslovakia as a young man. He lived in Bretton Woods, N.H., and worked at hotels from Maine to Florida.

Former co-worker Sandra Mariotti said Petrovic was her mentor and a very dear friend, and they had a bond she will never forget.

Brothers Shawn Hopkins, 28, and Ryan Hopkins, 22, were charged Thursday in Petrovic’s death.

They were being held without bail at the Cumberland County Jail.



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