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Tragedy strikes twice for slain Publix worker's mother

TARPON SPRINGS — Kally Singletary, the mother of the man slain Tuesday in a Publix parking lot, had known the agony of losing a son before.

Twenty-five years ago last month, her 14-year-old was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident.

On Tuesday, her 40-year-old son, Gregory Janowski, was stalked and killed by a co-worker, authorities said.

Arunya Rouch, 41, shot Janowski in the head and torso at close range as he sat in his car before going into work, authorities said.

"The first (death) was an accident …" Singletary said. "But this was no accident. It was just very senseless."

Singletary of New Port Richey said Friday that her older son was a hard worker who took on side jobs to support his family.

Janowski was following in familiar footsteps when he went to work for Publix. Singletary retired after 33 years with Publix, and her husband is a manager for the company.

"I come through a long line of Publix family, and Greg continued that on, too. He loved his job and he loved life," she said.

Singletary said her son "was very uplifting, happy-go-lucky, smiling."

"I've never seen him mad or upset," she said. "He was just always a happy child from the very beginning until the end."

Janowski, she said, "would do anything for anybody."

Rouch had been fired earlier Tuesday for making threats against Janowski's life, according to Tarpon Springs police.

She has been charged with first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and two counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.

After shooting Janowski, police said, she went into the Publix at 40932 U.S. 19 N, struggled with one employee and chased at least one other before a Tarpon Springs police detective confronted her.

When Rouch fired at Detective Sgt. Michael Trill and another officer, Trill opened fire.

Rouch's husband, Thomas, said Friday he thinks his wife was shot four times.

"Her liver is pretty much gone," he said. "She took an injury to one lung, and her diaphragm is real bad."

Rouch was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where she remained in intensive care Friday night. By Friday morning, she had regained consciousness, according to Tarpon Springs police.

Thomas Rouch said his wife is in very critical condition and her injuries make her susceptible to pneumonia and infection, but he's hopeful she will recover.

"She's in bad shape, but they didn't think she'd make it this long," he said.

Rouch said he was able to see his wife at the hospital after the shooting, but before she was charged. Since then, he has not been allowed to see her, per Pinellas County Sheriff's Office policy. Rouch is in the custody of the Sheriff's Office while she is hospitalized.

Her first appearance in court, twice postponed because she was unconscious, may take place Monday afternoon. On Thursday, a judge appointed her a public defender.

Rouch's husband said he had been receiving updates on her condition by phone.

Thomas Rouch declined to talk about the shooting, but expressed sorrow for Janowski's family.

"I want to respect the victim's family," said Rouch, 52. "I am so deeply sorry for what has gone on. I know they're grieving.

"Our family feels extreme pain for their family," he said. "Our hearts and prayers go out to them."

Singletary, too, declined to talk specifically about Janowski's murder. She said she is trying to stay busy to cope with the sudden loss of a second son.

On March 7, 1985, her son, John Janowski was killed in a three-wheeler ATV accident.

"It flipped up in the sand and landed on his neck."

Singletary, who has an adult daughter and a teenage son, once had three boys.

"Now I only have one."

Victim's viewing set for Monday

A viewing for Janowski will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of New Port Richey, 6800 Trouble Creek Road in New Port Richey. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Tragedy strikes twice for slain Publix worker's mother 04/02/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 2, 2010 11:13pm]

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