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Film Celebrates Life Of UPS Driver Killed In Office Shooting

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – It’s been nearly six months since Andrew Engeldinger shot and killed six people, including himself, at Accent Signage in Minneapolis.

Among those killed was Keith Basinski, a UPS driver who served that Minneapolis neighborhood for 29 years.

Now, local filmmaker Deacon Warner is honoring Basinki’s life through a short documentary film.

It happened on Sept. 27. But through all the chaos of that day, what caught Warner’s attention most was the UPS truck sitting idle, with crime scene tape across the front.

“When I got home in the neighborhood, there were police vehicles everywhere,” Warner said. “I pretty quickly learned what had gone on. As soon as people realized Keith’s truck was out there, before it was reported, there was concern he had been a part of it as well.”

Police later confirmed that 50-year-old Basinski, who was known and liked by many in the community, had been shot and killed.

“In some ways he was an ordinary guy, and in other ways he was an exceptional guy,” Warner said.

And that’s why Warner decided to make a short film about the man who used to deliver packages to his home. With the help of his wife, Warner interviewed 20 people during the course of several weekends. And he soon realized the impact Basinski had on seemingly everyone.

The film is just eight minutes long, but its message is unmistakable.

“I think the message that comes out is the importance of how we treat others,” Warner said. “And that’s the legacy we leave behind. Keith was just really exceptionally good at that.”

The screening will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday (tonight) at the Harrison Community Center in Minneapolis.

Warner said he is not making any money off this film. He plans on making DVDs for Basinski’s family members after the screening is done.

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