Law officers from across the country are traveling to San Antonio to honor a detective, ambushed and murdered outside the city’s police headquarters.
Detective Benjamin Marconi was writing a ticket while sitting in his squad car when he was shot and killed. The suspect, Otis McKane, was arrested two days later. McKane told police he was angry about a personal issue; and should not have taken it out on someone else.
Fort Worth and Dallas Police officers are each sending about ten officers to San Antonio for Detective Marconi’s funeral. The local officers tell Fox 4 they didn’t know Marconi personally, but as police officers, they share a bond like family.
“We just want to let people know we are there for them no matter where they're at,” said Fort Worth Officer Jimmy Pollozani.
Fort Worth officers know somber occasions like this one all too well. A few months ago, they attended the funerals of the four Dallas Police officers and one DART officer who were gunned down on July 7th.
Fort Worth officers started a nonprofit called Brotherhood for the Fallen this year, specifically for trips like this one and to help the families of officers killed in the line of duty.
“They gave the ultimate sacrifice, it's the least we can do, is just to honor and show our respect to them,” said Fort Worth Sergeant Pablo Mendoza
This marks at least ten times in 2016 that Fort Worth Police officers have attended the funeral of a fellow officer.
Detective Marconi's visitation will take place Sunday night. His funeral is scheduled for Monday.