GAITHERSBURG, Md. -- Wednesday, friends and family gathered to pay their respects to Malcom “Michael” Winffel, one of three people killed in a shooting spree that ended in Montgomery County almost a week prior. Services are being held at Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Gaithersburg.
Winffel was not only a husband, but also a father, a brother, and friend. DCW50 talked with his wife, Norma, about her last conversation with him and the last few minutes of his life.
“We always knew he was a hero,” Norma expressed through tears. “We always knew that if somebody was in need or in danger Michael would not run away, he would run towards to help and protect.”
According to police, Malcom was gunned down Friday in front of Macys at Montgomery County Mall, but not before he tried to save someone he did not even know.
Montgomery County Police and Fire radio conversations recount what happened.
“We just had a shooting at Montgomery Mall. Three down, silver car, looks like a Hyundai.”
The same morning of the mall shooting, Malcom’s wife had just gotten out of training where she learned what to do in an active shooter situation. Moments later, she spoke to her husband for the last time.
“Five minutes after my training I wanted to call him to tell him how much I learned and when I called him he was being himself, funny and joking. He was telling me, ‘I love you! You’re beautiful! I love you! Bye pretty!’ So when I hung up, I remember thinking, Gosh I didn’t get to tell him, run, run away from danger…but he wouldn’t have listened because that was the man he was, a hero,” Norma remembered as tears streamed down her face.
Norma said the next time her phone rang, she learned her husband was gone.
More Montgomery County Police and Fire radio conversations describe what happened next.
“Block off, I don’t want anybody in here, block off the entrances to the shopping center, one in custody!”
The accused gunman, Eulalio Tordill, was arrested. The suspect is being held without bond. He is due back in court June 3.
The families of the victims are holding vigils, visitations, and funerals as they say goodbye t their loved ones.
“I just want the world to remember what we already know, what a superhero my husband was,” said Norma.
The funeral services for Malcom Winffel will be held Thursday, at Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Gaithersburg.
A vigil was held Monday by the Victims Rights Foundation. The foundation is accepting donations for the victims’ families: http://www.victimsrightsfoundation.org/
The family has a GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/23bm3zff