Thousands turn out for funeral, procession of fallen APD officer
Thousand of police officers from across the nation and members of the public came together for the funeral service of Austin Police Department senior officer Jaime Padron. Those who were unable to attend began lining the processional route along Interstate 35 and Ben White Boulevard to show support.
- The funeral service included speeches from APD senior chaplain Rick Randall, Mayor Lee Leffingwell and Police Chief Art Acevedo, who praised Padron for his service. Officer Rahim Kidd, a close friend of Padron, spoke about the slain officer.
- — Austin Statesman (@statesman)Wed, Apr 11 2012 09:47:50RT @cgrisales: "Jaime will always be with me. Always," said fellow APD officer Rahim Kidd in an emotional tribute to his friend.
- Acevedo thanked the two Wal-Mart managers who subdued the shooting suspect 24-year-old Brandon Montgomery Daniel, who remains jailed on a charge of capital murder.
- — Claudia Grisales (@cgrisales)Wed, Apr 11 2012 10:00:50Walmart managers Lincoln Lemere and Archie Jordy took swift action, courageous action, Acevedo says. Applause continues to fill church.
- Acevedo spoke in Spanish at times during the service, telling the family that Padron died with people who knew him.
- — Claudia Grisales (@cgrisales)Wed, Apr 11 2012 10:01:57At times, Acevedo speaks in Spanish to Padron's family, "he did not die alone," he said, "he died with people who loved him. I loved him."
- Outside the church, people began lining the procession route early. Many had American flags and some carried yellow balloons.
- — Farzad Mashhood (@fmashhood)Wed, Apr 11 2012 11:41:12Randy Chhabra, an Austin/Travis Co paramedic, said he's here to "show support, acknowledge (Padron's) bravery ... and what happened Friday."
- — Farzad Mashhood (@fmashhood)Wed, Apr 11 2012 11:50:40Donna Harthcock said her husband is a retired policeman; she used to worry about the dangers her husband faced of being an officer.
- Employees of the Wal-Mart on I-35 and Parmer Lane, where officer Padron was killed, waited for the procession to drive by outside.
- — Farzad Mashhood (@fmashhood)Wed, Apr 11 2012 13:03:01As the procession passes in front of the Wal-Mart where Padron was shot Friday, hundreds line up on Interstate, waiving to police
- The last vehicle left Shoreline Church around 3:13 p.m., according to Statesman reporters. Estimates put the procession line at about 18 miles long.
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