Casino halting games to honor slain worker

June 2, 2009 6:40:02 AM PDT
Gamblers won't be able to play table games for six hours at an Atlantic City casino Tuesday to honor the memory of a slain worker.

Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort will halt play between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. during a viewing for Raymond Kot at Boardwalk Hall. Stopping play will allow co-workers to attend the service.

Kot was shot in an office just off the casino floor on Wednesday. The 57-year-old died about 2 1/2 hours later after undergoing surgery.

The shift manager had been with the casino since the day it opened in 1990.

Authorities charged Norristown, Pa., resident Mark Magee with murder and weapons charges in the shooting. Officials said Magee was a Taj customer for years and had no previous complaints with Kot.

Information from: The Press of Atlantic City,


The man charged with first degree murder in the killing of an employee at the Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, sent a letter to 6abc prior to the killing.

In the letter Mark Magee, 57, of Norristown, Pa., repeatedly accuses the Atlantic City casinos of cheating, and suggests they are rigged to favor the gambling halls.

He says the casinos have been cheating for the past 20 years.

Nowhere in the letter, dated May 25th, does Magee reference Ray Kot, who he allegedly shot and killed.

There are no threats in the letter. Magee does apologize for the way the letter is written, saying he is writing it under a "degree of stress."

6abc has decided not to publish the entire contents of the letter. You can read more about the letter by following this link.

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