Erika Mahoney, a 2012 Syracuse University graduate and former TV reporter/anchor in Binghamton, this week confirmed her father was killed in the mass shooting at a Boulder, Colorado supermarket.
Mahoney talked about her dad, Kevin Mahoney, in an interview with NPR today, describing him as “best dad ever.”
Erika Mahoney is the news director at NPR member station KAZU in Monterey Bay, Calif. She worked at WBNG in Binghamton for two years after graduating from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in Syracuse.
“My dad loved Syracuse University and was so proud of me for getting into Newhouse,’’ she told Syracuse.com | The Post Standard today.
In the NPR interview, Mahoney talked about her dad and his devotion to family and others.
“If I could give him an award, it would be the best dad award because he was like a dad to the entire neighborhood here in my hometown of Boulder‚’’ she said during the six-minute interview. “He would play outside with us for hours in the summertime, like hide and seek all over the neighborhood.”
Friends have been texting her saying the 61-year-old was like a dad to them as well.
Erika Mahoney, who was married during the pandemic in her backyard, said she had thought about postponing the event so she could have a big wedding. Her dad wanted her to have “a dream wedding” but the pandemic got in the way of that. Now she says she’s just glad she didn’t wait.
She posted a photo of her and dad on her wedding day on Twitter.
“I think that my dad always wanted to hold back his tears in big life moments for me, like when he took me to the airport for college,’’ she said in the interview. “But, really, it’s just his softness shining through in that moment. “
Mahoney, who is pregnant with a girl, said she plans to tell her daughter about her grandfather’s big heart and sense of humor.
“He also had this funny quirk where if you said a word and it was, like, in a song, he would just burst out in songs,’’ she recalled. ”Like, if you said the word rain, he would be like singing, you know, “Singing In The Rain.” And I don’t know – I think I inherited that from him because I tend to do that around the house, too.”
On that horrific afternoon when 10 people were killed at King Soopers grocery store, Erika’s dad was doing what he always did – just shopping for him and her mom. That supermarket is five minutes from the family’s home, and Erika remembers going there since the age of 5.
Mahoney said she mourns for her dad and other nine people killed.
When her daughter is born, Mahoney said she knows “my dad will never be able to hold her, but I know on some level he will be there, and he was so excited. And I’m going to tell her that he loves her so much.”
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