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Seller of gun to pay slain teacher's widow

Published Sep. 28, 2005

An insurance company for the pawnshop that sold the gun used to kill a Lake Worth Middle School teacher has agreed to pay his widow $275,000.

Hypoluxo Pawn Shop, which lawfully sold the .25-caliber Raven semiautomatic 13 years ago to someone now dead, settled a civil claim filed by Pam Grunow after weighing the cost of a trial, said Justus Reid, a lawyer for pawnshop owners Irving and Martha Handel.

Police have said the 14-year-old charged in Barry Grunow's death, Nathaniel Brazill, took the gun from a dresser drawer at his grandfather's house in May. The person who bought the gun from the pawnshop gave or sold the gun to the grandfather, Elmore McCray of Boynton Beach, Reid said.

McCray's insurance company agreed to pay Grunow and her two young children $300,000 in September.

Brazill is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Grunow outside his classroom on May 26. His trial is set for March. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

The California manufacturer of the Raven, one of the most common of the small, cheap handguns known as "Saturday night specials," is out of business.