Thursday, May 24, 2012
Services Set Next Week for Attorney Gerald Curry
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Services will be held next week for former Canoga Park trusts and estates attorney Gerald Curry, who died Saturday, the San Fernando Valley Bar Association reported yesterday.
Curry practiced law in the Valley for several years, taking inactive status last February, but became internationally known after surviving a 2003 shooting outside the Van Nuys courthouse.
Curry was shot in his arm and neck by William Strier. He said he had never met Strier before.
News reports citied court documents showing Strier was involved in a dispute in which he alleged a trustee appointed by the court to manage his injury settlement trust fund was withholding money he needed for medical care.
Curry represented the trustee in the dispute. He said that Strier had threatened to kill the trustee.
The incident became known worldwide because it was captured by television news crews, who were at the courthouse to cover the Robert Blake murder trial. Videotape showed Curry trying to hide behind a tree as Strier fired a revolver five or six times, emptying his gun and walking off.
He was tackled by an off-duty sheriff’s reserve officer and then grabbed by other officers. Strier was later sentenced to two life terms in prison.
Curry was a graduate of California State University, Northridge and Whittier School of Law. Services for Curry are scheduled for next Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Cornerstone Church, 2080 Winifred Street in Simi Valley.
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