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Christopher Bell takes the checkered flag on rain tires in the NASCAR Cup race at New Hampshire

2024-06-24 10:10 Last Updated At:10:21

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Christopher Bell raised a broom over his head and clutched a 24-pound lobster in victory lane all because he earned his third Cup win of the season in an outcome that would have been impossible before this NASCAR season.

Heck, it still looked pretty grim for most of Sunday at a rainy track.

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Josh Berry brings his car into the pit for tires and fuel during during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Christopher Bell raised a broom over his head and clutched a 24-pound lobster in victory lane all because he earned his third Cup win of the season in an outcome that would have been impossible before this NASCAR season.

Christopher Bell hold up a broom after winning the NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sunday, June 23, 2024, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Christopher Bell hold up a broom after winning the NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sunday, June 23, 2024, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Christopher Bell raises his arms as he faces the crowd after winning the NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sunday, June 23, 2024, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Christopher Bell raises his arms as he faces the crowd after winning the NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sunday, June 23, 2024, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Christopher Bell, top, celebrates with a crew members as he steps out of his car after winning the NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sunday, June 23, 2024, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Christopher Bell, top, celebrates with a crew members as he steps out of his car after winning the NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sunday, June 23, 2024, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Christopher Bell, front left, holds up a lobster while standing with his wife Morgan, front right, as they celebrate after he won the NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sunday, June 23, 2024, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Christopher Bell, front left, holds up a lobster while standing with his wife Morgan, front right, as they celebrate after he won the NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sunday, June 23, 2024, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Chase Elliott steers his car out of Turn 4 during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Chase Elliott steers his car out of Turn 4 during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Ryan Blaney steers his car out of Turn 4 during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Ryan Blaney steers his car out of Turn 4 during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Denny Hamlin steers his car out of Turn 4 during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Denny Hamlin steers his car out of Turn 4 during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Drivers steer their cars along the back straight, from left, Christopher Bell (20), Tyler Reddick (45), Ryan Blaney (12), and Todd Gilliland (38) during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Drivers steer their cars along the back straight, from left, Christopher Bell (20), Tyler Reddick (45), Ryan Blaney (12), and Todd Gilliland (38) during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Michael McDowell steers his car out of Turn 4 during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Michael McDowell steers his car out of Turn 4 during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Kyle Larson steers his car out of Turn 4 during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Kyle Larson steers his car out of Turn 4 during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Ryan Preece brings his car into the pit for tires and fuel during during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Ryan Preece brings his car into the pit for tires and fuel during during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

A member of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway pit lane fire crew uses a broom to remove water during a rain delay in a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at the race track in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

A member of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway pit lane fire crew uses a broom to remove water during a rain delay in a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at the race track in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Pit crew for Ty Gibbs (54) work on the car in pit lane during a rain delay in a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Pit crew for Ty Gibbs (54) work on the car in pit lane during a rain delay in a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Chase Elliott (9) steers his car while leading a tight pack as they enter Turn 2 during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Chase Elliott (9) steers his car while leading a tight pack as they enter Turn 2 during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Christopher Bell steers his car out of Turn 4 in a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Christopher Bell steers his car out of Turn 4 in a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Once the skies cleared, NASCAR busted out its latest creation it had saved for a rainy day — wet weather Goodyear tires that allowed the race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to continue all the way to a thrilling end.

Bell mastered the Cup Series’ first race that ended with cars running on rain tires and pulled away after a 2-hour, 15-minute weather delay to beat darkness and the field and win Sunday at New Hampshire.

He also swept the weekend at New Hampshire following Saturday’s win in the Xfinity Series.

“Hopefully that was entertaining because it was something different, something new, and nobody knew what to expect and what to do,” Bell said. “The guys that figured it out the quickest were the most successful.”

On Friday, Bell spoiled the reveal that Chase Briscoe is joining him at Joe Gibbs Racing in 2025. Then he ruined Briscoe’s best shot at his first win of the season, holding him off over the final two laps of the overtime finish.

With darkness falling, Bell cruised past Josh Berry and Briscoe and remained the driver to beat at New Hampshire. He has four wins in the Xfinity Series at Loudon and won a Cup race at the track for a second time.

This time, he won with 86 laps raced on the new tires.

“It was dark. It was very, very dark. That was creeping up in a hurry to being too dark to race,” Bell said. “Certainly there were dry parts on the track, but there were still a lot of wet parts on the track, too. I can’t tell you how far away it was, but in my opinion I didn’t think it was ready for the dry tires yet.”

Bell was used to the rain — he won last month's rain-shortened Coca-Cola 600 with 151 laps left in the race.

New Hampshire actually needed four extra laps. Briscoe was second and Berry third. Kyle Larson and Chris Buescher completed the top five.

“I think we could have probably started with the track a little bit wetter,” Briscoe said. “The beginning was pretty fun. We were all over the place. Five wide at times and slipping and sliding around.”

Even with the start of the race bumped up a half-hour, New Hampshire was a mess about from the moment the green flag was dropped. The race was marred by wrecks that wiped some of NASCAR’s biggest stars out of contention — all while the rest of the field tried to remain in contention and beat the looming rain that hovered over the entire weekend.

Tyler Reddick, who won at Talladega this season, held the lead when the race was red-flagged because of rain with 82 laps left in the scheduled 301-lap race.

Fans fled the grandstands and drivers went back to their motorhomes with seemingly no chance of a return as the gloomy weather worsened. New Hampshire and NASCAR waited out a tornado watch, nearby lightning strikes and a severe thunderstorm warning before it could resume the race after a delay of more than 2 hours — and after crew members swept standing water off pit road — and cars all hit the 1.058-mile track on new tires.

NASCAR let teams use wet-weather tires for the only second time in a points race this season. Teams had a maximum of four sets of wet-weather tires to race on the damp oval track. Teams had to take rain tires during pit stops and their position could not be affected.

They also had no choice of tire.

They were also no match for Bell in his No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Oh, as for that spoiler that Briscoe was headed to JGR, Gibbs said all was forgiven.

“Somebody asked me about that in the winner’s circle, and I said, ‘Christopher Bell can do anything he wants,'" Gibbs said with a laugh.

Kyle Busch’s dismal day ended with his Chevy getting towed off the track.

Busch hit the wall running the caution laps to end his race and continue what is shaping up as the worst season of his Cup career. Busch had already tagged the wall just past the halfway point and was running 24th late in the race when he was collected in another wreck. He finished 35th in yet another rough outing this season driving for Richard Childress Racing.

A two-time Cup champion with 231 NASCAR wins, Busch has yet to win a race this season driving for RCR. Busch raised some eyebrows last week when he suggested he would be open to returning to two of his former Cup teams, though he said he remained committed to RCR next season.

The 39-year-old Busch is on a 39-race winless drought. It’s the worst losing streak of his career,

Alex Bowman, winless this season for Hendrick Motorsports, ran into trouble when his No. 48 Chevrolet starting smoking. The hood went up on pit road and the car was soon pushed to the garage for repairs. He finished 36th.

Joey Logano locked up the left front tire on the No. 22 Ford off a restart on lap 194 and slammed into Chase Elliott. Martin Truex Jr., last season’s New Hampshire winner, spun and hit the wall after contact with Brad Keselowski with 91 laps left.

Bubba Wallace was knocked out of the race by Noah Gragson after the rain delay.

Daniel Suarez placed an American flag sticker on his Chevrolet days after he became a U.S. citizen. Suarez, a Monterrey, Mexico native, was one of 48 representing 28 countries sworn in this week at a ceremony in North Carolina.

NASCAR heads to Nashville Superspeedway next weekend. Trackhouse Racing's Ross Chastain held off Truex to win last season’s race.

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Josh Berry brings his car into the pit for tires and fuel during during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Josh Berry brings his car into the pit for tires and fuel during during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Christopher Bell hold up a broom after winning the NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sunday, June 23, 2024, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Christopher Bell hold up a broom after winning the NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sunday, June 23, 2024, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Christopher Bell raises his arms as he faces the crowd after winning the NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sunday, June 23, 2024, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Christopher Bell raises his arms as he faces the crowd after winning the NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sunday, June 23, 2024, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Christopher Bell, top, celebrates with a crew members as he steps out of his car after winning the NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sunday, June 23, 2024, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Christopher Bell, top, celebrates with a crew members as he steps out of his car after winning the NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sunday, June 23, 2024, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Christopher Bell, front left, holds up a lobster while standing with his wife Morgan, front right, as they celebrate after he won the NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sunday, June 23, 2024, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Christopher Bell, front left, holds up a lobster while standing with his wife Morgan, front right, as they celebrate after he won the NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sunday, June 23, 2024, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Chase Elliott steers his car out of Turn 4 during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Chase Elliott steers his car out of Turn 4 during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Ryan Blaney steers his car out of Turn 4 during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Ryan Blaney steers his car out of Turn 4 during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Denny Hamlin steers his car out of Turn 4 during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Denny Hamlin steers his car out of Turn 4 during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Drivers steer their cars along the back straight, from left, Christopher Bell (20), Tyler Reddick (45), Ryan Blaney (12), and Todd Gilliland (38) during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Drivers steer their cars along the back straight, from left, Christopher Bell (20), Tyler Reddick (45), Ryan Blaney (12), and Todd Gilliland (38) during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Michael McDowell steers his car out of Turn 4 during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Michael McDowell steers his car out of Turn 4 during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Kyle Larson steers his car out of Turn 4 during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Kyle Larson steers his car out of Turn 4 during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Ryan Preece brings his car into the pit for tires and fuel during during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Ryan Preece brings his car into the pit for tires and fuel during during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

A member of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway pit lane fire crew uses a broom to remove water during a rain delay in a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at the race track in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

A member of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway pit lane fire crew uses a broom to remove water during a rain delay in a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at the race track in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Pit crew for Ty Gibbs (54) work on the car in pit lane during a rain delay in a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Pit crew for Ty Gibbs (54) work on the car in pit lane during a rain delay in a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Chase Elliott (9) steers his car while leading a tight pack as they enter Turn 2 during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Chase Elliott (9) steers his car while leading a tight pack as they enter Turn 2 during a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Christopher Bell steers his car out of Turn 4 in a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Christopher Bell steers his car out of Turn 4 in a NASCAR Cup Series race, Sunday, June 23, 2024, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

CABOT, Pa. (AP) — A fire truck carried Corey Comperatore’s flag-draped casket to a Pennsylvania church on Friday for the funeral of the former fire chief, who was shot and killed when a gunman tried to assassinate former President Donald Trump last weekend.

Hundreds of firefighters arrived at the church in a procession of over 100 trucks in a show of support for Comperatore's grieving relatives and friends. Outside the church, a massive American flag hung from the ladder of a fire truck.

A sharpshooter team mounted on a nearby rooftop served as a reminder of last weekend's bloodshed. Officials have said that Comperatore spent his final moments shielding his wife and daughter from gunfire at Trump’s rally last Saturday in Butler, Pennsylvania.

Trump, who suffered an ear injury in the shooting but was not seriously hurt, is not going to the funeral because of Secret Service concerns, according to a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Annette Locke, a member of the West Deer Township Volunteer Fire Department, stood across the road from the church and lightly touched her heart as she spoke about the horrific toll from the “totally senseless" shooting.

“He was with his family on a beautiful sunny day, and now he’s gone,” Locke said.

Joe and Jen Brose stood at the edge of their driveway with their three young boys, all dressed in T-shirts celebrating the USA, watching the long procession of fire and emergency trucks go by.

“The community comes together at times like this,” Joe Brose said.

“I thought it was very heartwarming, it was very humbling to see it,” said Jen Brose, whose sister had attended the Trump rally.

Trump honored Comperatore during his speech Thursday night at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee. He displayed Comperatore's firefighting gear on the convention stage, kissing his helmet and heralding the ex-chief as “an unbelievable person.”

Comperatore, 50, worked as a project and tooling engineer, was an Army reservist and spent many years as a volunteer firefighter after serving as chief, according to his obituary.

On Thursday, thousands of mourners filed into a banquet hall to pay their respects to Comperatore and his family. Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday at a vigil for him at an auto racing track.

Guests at Thursday's visitation for Comperatore saw a slideshow of photos from his life — his wedding, a recent 50th birthday party, time with his daughters, firefighting, fishing, and palling around with his Dobermans. Also on display was a framed copy of a note to Comperatore’s wife signed by Trump and former first lady Melania Trump.

"Corey will forever be remembered as a True American Hero,” the Trumps wrote.

A statement issued Thursday by Comperatore's family described him as a “beloved father and husband, and a friend to so many throughout the Butler region.”

"Our family is finding comfort and peace through the heartfelt messages of encouragement from people around the world, through the support of our church and community, and most of all through the strength of God," the statement said.

Two other people were wounded at Trump's rally: David Dutch, 57, of New Kensington, and James Copenhaver, 74, of Moon Township. As of Wednesday night, both had been upgraded to serious but stable condition, according to a spokesperson with Allegheny Health Network.

A firefighter stages before the funeral procession for Corey Comperatore, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

A firefighter stages before the funeral procession for Corey Comperatore, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

A rider and firefighting truck stage for the funeral procession for Corey Comperatore, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

A rider and firefighting truck stage for the funeral procession for Corey Comperatore, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

A firetruck stages for the funeral procession of Corey Comperatore, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

A firetruck stages for the funeral procession of Corey Comperatore, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Merri Cambo, left, of Saxonburg, Pa., and her friend, Jane Wesolosky, of Buffalo, Pa., react as the funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes by, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Merri Cambo, left, of Saxonburg, Pa., and her friend, Jane Wesolosky, of Buffalo, Pa., react as the funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes by, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

A flag is seen before the funeral procession for Corey Comperatore, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

A flag is seen before the funeral procession for Corey Comperatore, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

People wait for the funeral procession for Corey Comperatore, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

People wait for the funeral procession for Corey Comperatore, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Jane Wesolosky, of Buffalo, Pa., waves a flag as the funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Jane Wesolosky, of Buffalo, Pa., waves a flag as the funeral procession for Corey Comperatore passes, Friday, July 19, 2024, in Sarver, Pa. Comperatore, a former fire chief, was shot and killed while attending a weekend rally for former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

A giant American flag is unfurled outside the Cabot Church, in Cabot, Pa., Friday, July 19, 2024, before the funeral service for Buffalo Township Volunteer fireman Corey Comeratore, who was killed at a Pennsylvania rally for Donald Trump, Saturday, July 13, 2024. Corey Comperatore's quick decision to use his body as a shield against the bullets flying toward his wife and daughter rang true to the close friends and neighbors who loved and respected the proud 50-year-old Trump supporter, noting that the Butler County resident was a "man of conviction." (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

A giant American flag is unfurled outside the Cabot Church, in Cabot, Pa., Friday, July 19, 2024, before the funeral service for Buffalo Township Volunteer fireman Corey Comeratore, who was killed at a Pennsylvania rally for Donald Trump, Saturday, July 13, 2024. Corey Comperatore's quick decision to use his body as a shield against the bullets flying toward his wife and daughter rang true to the close friends and neighbors who loved and respected the proud 50-year-old Trump supporter, noting that the Butler County resident was a "man of conviction." (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pennsylvania State Police arrive at the Cabot Church, in Cabot, Pa., Friday, July 19, 2024, before the funeral service for Buffalo Township Volunteer fireman Corey Comeratore, who was killed at a Pennsylvania rally for Donald Trump, Saturday, July 13, 2024. Corey Comperatore's quick decision to use his body as a shield against the bullets flying toward his wife and daughter rang true to the close friends and neighbors who loved and respected the proud 50-year-old Trump supporter, noting that the Butler County resident was a "man of conviction.". (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pennsylvania State Police arrive at the Cabot Church, in Cabot, Pa., Friday, July 19, 2024, before the funeral service for Buffalo Township Volunteer fireman Corey Comeratore, who was killed at a Pennsylvania rally for Donald Trump, Saturday, July 13, 2024. Corey Comperatore's quick decision to use his body as a shield against the bullets flying toward his wife and daughter rang true to the close friends and neighbors who loved and respected the proud 50-year-old Trump supporter, noting that the Butler County resident was a "man of conviction.". (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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