Today, a funeral was held for Eric Pagan, the 42-year-old bouncer who was killed while trying to intervene in a dispute outside East Village bar Forbidden City over the weekend. A bartender in the neighborhood told NY1, "Taz was always the protector. I used to work at the bar next door to where he used to work and he was always there if we needed him... Anytime anybody ever needed him, Taz was there. He's such a wonderful guy and he's so missed. Avenue A will never be the same. You walk down the block and expect to see him." We're told that East Village bars Drop Off Service, Planet Rose, Forbidden City, Common Ground, Habibi Lounge, and Superdive will donate 50% of their register on Monday, Aug. 31 (all day and night) to set up a college fund for Pagan's children, a 14-year-old daughter and a 17-year-old son whom he adopted when the boy's mother died.
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