Family remembers pizza driver shot and killed while making a delivery

Family remembers slain pizza delivery driver
Witnesses say the shooting happened along Brigde Ave. (Source: WOIO)
Witnesses say the shooting happened along Brigde Ave. (Source: WOIO)
Michael Prock. (Source: Family)
Michael Prock. (Source: Family)
Friends and family gathered to remember Mike Prock at a vigil Thursday evening. (Source: WOIO
Friends and family gathered to remember Mike Prock at a vigil Thursday evening. (Source: WOIO

A pizza delivery driver was killed early Thursday morning on Cleveland's west side.

Police say the 41-year-old

driver was making a delivery in the 5800 block of Bridge Avenue near West 59th when he was shot around 12:30 a.m. The worker, identified as Michael Prock, was able to drive around the block to 6110 Ellen where he crashed into a pole and died from his injuries.

Prock was a freelance mechanic who took the second job delivering pizza to help with college costs for his 18-year-old daughter Carrie. She just recently graduated from Waverly High School.

Investigators say Prock may have been the victim of a setup. The family that lived at the home did not call Nunzio's Pizza -- they were not home.

Prock's family held a vigil outside the closed pizza shop Thursday night.

"Rest in Peace Uncle Mike, Rest in Peace," said his niece Shanna Pyle, addressing the crowd of dozens who gathered with tears in her eyes.

"They didn't take nothing, they just shot him. It was senseless," said his sister Sylvia Taylor.

Taylor woke up in the middle of the night to a phone call that changed everything.

"I said, 'just tell me he's not dead, tell me he's still alive,'" she said.

Prock wasn't even supposed to work that night-- he was filling in for someone else.

"There's nothing that could ever bring my brother back, nothing," she said.

The crowd of family members and friends lit candles and remembered a man who put his family first.

Many chanted "Justice for Mike, Justice for Mike!"

This was Prock's second job. He worked odd jobs during the day from landscaping to fixing cars to support his three children who are all in their teens.

"These people are trying to make a decent living, an honest decent living. And you're taking that away from them," Taylor said.

His family wonders how someone could be so cruel.

"He's never going to be able to watch his daughters walk down the aisle. For what?" Taylor said. "It's a cowardly act by a cowardly person."

Prock's family has set up a burial fund for him. You can contribute by donating at any

.

Anyone with information related to this incident is being asked to contact the Homicide Unit at 623-5464.

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