ASHLAND, Ore. — On Sunday family and friends of Tony Della Penna, also known as Frank Damiano, held a celebration of life in his honor.
Della Penna was murdered in his mobile home near Ashland on October 10.
Della Penna’s close friend, Chris Bingham, said the memorial is one of the hardest things for him to do right now. Bingham said he does not feel like it’s going to help him heal, but he hopes it will help the community heal as a whole.
He said Della Penna was comfortable in his own skin and was not afraid to be himself, and this is something Bingham took away from their friendship and still hopes to embrace moving forward.
“I want to continue to carry that forward. I want to be able to say this is who I am, and I’m happy with that, and I’m proud of myself as a unique individual,” said Bingham.
Della Penna was murdered when two robbers broke in his home. Both of the suspects involved the homicide have been arrested and are currently being housed in the Jackson county jail pleading not guilty.