Homeless Veteran Intentionally Hit By Car Will Receive Military Funeral
A homeless veteran, whom according to police say was intentionally struck by a car, will be buried with military honors.
Navy veteran Raymond John Cool, 60, will be buried March 13 at Riverside National Cemetery in California.
The memorial service will be held will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at East Hills Community Church in Riverside.
Cool, who lived on the street by choice, lived on a corner of a Riverside shopping center.
“He couldn’t be contained doing anything for any length of time,” his brother, Jim Cool, told the Press Enterprise. “One day, he decided he was not going back to work. He didn’t tell anybody; he just stopped going. Kind of like with his family. One day, he told his second wife he’s leaving and not coming back.”
The motorist of the vehicle that struck Cool on February 3 was 55 year-old Lawrence Aaseng. He pleaded not guilty to murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
Police say that Aaseng intentionally struck Cool with his vehicle and then backed up and hit another car while trying to flee.
According to the Press Enterprise, Cool was a sonar technician in the Navy and later worked at North American Rockwell and Boeing. Cool suffered from dyslexia and had a hard time staying with a job.