Today, the loved ones of Felix Manus are gathering at Dusckas-Taylor Funeral Home.
Manus died Monday after suffering an asthma attack while on assignment through a work-release program. His family says his death could’ve been prevented if prison workers had taken appropriate action. An Erie County investigation shows no malice on the part of the employees.
The District Attorney’s Office will be conducting a separate investigation. Both of those workers are still employed at the prison.
The attorney representing Manus’ family, John Mizner, says the county’s statement was made in poor timing. He says this week they’re focused on celebrating and remembering Felix Manus and he’s not spending these days fighting with the county. Instead, he says, they’re moving forward and they need your help along the way.
The county reported that their investigation shows the prison workers didn’t break any specific protocol nor did they intentionally try to harm Manus.
County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper even apologized to the Manus family for what happened under Erie County care. But, their attorney says those actions fall short in this tragic situation. “Everything this family has learned has been through the media as far as county government goes.”
County Solicitor Richard Perhacs says no one has reached out to the family because they’ve chosen to speak through an attorney, which he says changes the dynamic.
Members of the family tell us this week, their focus is laying Manus to rest. Bryhanna Manus, Daughter of Felix Manus, says, “We’re just trying to remember him for who he was and the impact he made on all of us and just keep our spirits uplifted. He was a good man and it’s just been hard.”
The county and the Manus family are waiting on an autopsy report to learn more about what killed Felix.