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'He was living the dream': Friends remember shooting victim

Friends and family say Burke loved to fish. (Photo source: WLOX) Friends and family say Burke loved to fish. (Photo source: WLOX)
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Friends and family are remembering Clifford Burke as a “good man” enjoying his retirement.

Burke was on his way to go fishing, a daily ritual, when he was shot twice and robbed in the Lakeshore Wednesday morning. 

E.J. Bice worked with Burke at Lockheed Martin in New Orleans, where Burke was a quality control inspector for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company for NASA’s space shuttle program. He retired about 10 years ago.

In a Facebook post, Bice said “He showed me a thing or two about space flight hardware. I’d see him around the Bay every now and then, in his Jeep, no doors, no top, no shoes, no worries, no cares.”

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Burke’s uncle Glen Strong went fishing with his nephew from time to time. He says fishing was Burke’s passion.

“All he does is fish, he fished every day. He was just enjoying life, he was really enjoying his retirement fishing full time," said Strong. 

“He was living the dream,” Bice added. “Cliff was a good man. He would have given the boy all of the money in his wallet if you would have asked.”

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