27 years later, survivor still bears scars of Warren workplace killings


For William John Everett, the morning of June 27, 1991, was just an average morning.

“You get up in the morning, get dressed and go to work,” Everett said. “You don’t think about [bad things] happening.”

But the events that occurred that morning at Veterinary Co. of America in Warren were anything but routine.

Roderick Davie, a disgruntled former employee, held Everett, John Coleman and Tracey Jeffreys at gunpoint and ordered them to the floor.

He shot Coleman to death and beat Jeffreys to death with a folding chair. Everett was shot three times, but he survived.

Later, when he tried to escape, Davie attempted to run him down with a truck and then beat him with a stick. Davie finally fled when he heard sirens approaching.

The state of Ohio executed Davie in 2010, but Everett still lives with the scars.

Twenty-seven years later, Everett fought back tears as he recounted the experience to those in attendance at an active shooter conference sponsored by the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Youngstown State University.

Read more about him and the events in Saturday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.

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