Mourners pay their respects to slain Baltimore detective
Police continue to investigate the shooting of Detective Sean Suiter and have yet to identify a suspect
By Jessica Anderson
The Baltimore Sun
BALTIMORE — A line of mourners waiting to pay their respects to Baltimore police Detective Sean Suiter wrapped around a room at a Randallstown funeral home Monday afternoon.
Under a screen flashing pictures of Suiter and his family at outings, beach trips and home parties, mourners paused by the open casket where Suiter’s body was dressed in a dark suit and tie, and white gloves.
Suiter was shot with his own gun in a vacant lot next to 959 Bennett Place in Harlem Park on Nov. 15. He died the next day at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police said Suiter and his partner were in the neighborhood investigating a triple homicide when they observed a suspicious person and went to investigate.
Police continue to investigate the shooting. They have yet to identify a suspect.
Large crowds gathering to pay respect to Baltimore Police Det. Sean Suiter- killed in the line of duty nearly two weeks ago- killer still at large - viewing today and tomorrow @wbaltv11 pic.twitter.com/SN8G0HjDq7— Adam May WBAL-TV (@adammaytv) November 27, 2017
Some mourners on Monday stopped to hug family members seated in the front row, others shook their hands or simply nodded. Two uniformed Baltimore County police officers stopped before reaching the casket to put their hats on before saluting the officer.
One man, before he exited the room, said “ sad, sad, sad.”
Outside the funeral home sat an ambulance draped in black bunting.
Scene where BPD Det. Sean Suiter shot and killed no longer guarded by police. Lit by portable lights.— Jayne Miller (@jemillerwbal) November 22, 2017
Neighborhood now open. pic.twitter.com/1x9Jg89lgH
Steward Nash, 74, said he did not know Suiter but he read about the officer’s death through the local news and wanted to pay his respects.
“I want to thank his family for keeping us all safe. Without our officers, what kind of state would we have?”
A group of Maryland Transportation Authority Police were among officers from various agencies who came to pay their respects. Among them was Officer Gary Williams who said “when an officer is killed in the line of duty, we think about our own families, his family.”
Viewing for Detective Sean Suiter from 3-8 at Vaughn Greene Funeral Services in Randallstown. Dozens showing up to pay their respects #WJZ pic.twitter.com/cFYowOMHwv— Rick Ritter (@RickRitterWJZ) November 27, 2017
Jerome Dukes, a substitute teacher in Baltimore County, said he didn’t know Suiter but he knew Harlem Park, because he spent part of his childhood there.
“It’s just not like it used to be,” said Dukes, who now lives in Northwest Baltimore. “It’s like life doesn’t mean anything anymore. It’s just sad.”
A second viewing is scheduled from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Vaughn Greene Funeral home 8728 Liberty Road in Randallstown.
A funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Mount Pleasant Church at 6000 Radecke Avenue along the eastern city and county line, followed by a procession to Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium.
. @CommishKDavis on the steady stream of people from all over to pay their respects to slain @BaltimorePolice Det. #SeanSuiter pic.twitter.com/9CcOWfpgXK— Brian Kuebler (@BrianfromABC2) November 27, 2017
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