While he has none of his own, Rudy Ciccotti says children are his life. Which is why when news broke about the death of 10-year-old Kathina Thomas by gunshot last Thursday, May 29, he knew what he had to do.
\I was laying in bed and I saw that picture of her, said Ciccotti, "I never did something of this nature, but I knew what I had to do. It was instant."
Ciccotti made a pledge via television broadcast that he would supply a $10,000 private reward check to any individual or individuals who provide Albany police with information on the shooting of Thomas.
The man who the Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center was named after said he had heard that Thomas was shot while playing outside her home. The shooting occurred around 8 p.m. on First Street, in Albany.
Ciccotti, a single man living in Albany, said that while he does not regret never getting married, his single biggest regret in life is never having children.
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