Elias John Kokolis, 22, was a hard worker with a good heart, said his priest, Father Milton Gianulis.
"He was a fine young man. He was always cheerful and helpful," the priest said. "He was just a good boy."
Gianulis drove to the hospital on icy roads Friday afternoon prepared to offer last rites and Holy Communion to Kokolis who accidentally shot himself in the chest at Astronomical Pancake and Waffle House.
Kokolis died before medics could get him to the hospital. Unable to perform the final sacraments, Gianulis gathered the Kokolis family together for a brief prayer at the hospital.
Kokolis owned the Williamsburg restaurant in the 1300...