Thousands Of Police Officers Honor Slain Policemen
INKSTER, Mich. (AP) _ About 3,000 police officers from as far away as Canada and Boston gathered in this Detroit suburb Tuesday to pay their respects to three officers shot and killed last week.
Officers stood at attention and saluted as the flag-draped coffins were carried into the Inkster Recreation Center where the memorial service was held.
Flags throughout the city flew at half-staff and city offices were closed. Friends and neighbors of the slain policemen lined the streets leading to the complex.
Sgt. Ira Parker, 41, senior patrolman Daniel Dubiel, 36, and rookie Officer Clay Hoover, 24, were gunned down Thursday at the Bungalow Motel when they tried to serve a warrant on a woman and her son for writing a bad check.
An autopsy showed each officer was shot six to 13 times.
Alberta Easter, 69, and her three sons, Roy Lemons Jr., 47, William Monroe Lemons, 43, and George Lester Lemons, 46, have been charged with murder in the deaths. All four have pleaded innocent and are being held without bond.
During eulogies for the three officers, Parker was described as a ″great father who loved his family.″ His wife and four children looked on.
Dubiel was a man ″who gave his all for the community all the time,″ and Hoover, who joined the department this year, was described as an ambitious officer who ″wanted to be a SWAT member.″
Dubiel’s pregnant wife, Laurie, sobbed as she entered the hall behind her husband’s casket. She broke down during the service and had to be assisted by nurses. Dubiel also had four children.
Dubiel, a 14-year veteran, had gone to the motel with Hoover to serve the warrants. Parker, who had been with the department since 1972, went to the motel after receiving a call for assistance.
Police said all three were killed almost immediately after Parker arrived. Easter and her sons kept police at bay for 10 more hours before surrendering early Friday.
Parker’s body was to be flown to Augusta, Ark., for burial. Dubiel and Hoover were buried in local cemeteries.