Community dedicates memorial to slain Seattle police officer

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by TRICIA MANNING-SMITH

NWCN.com

Posted on November 1, 2010 at 6:40 AM

SEATTLE - One year after the murder of a Seattle police officer, the community dedicates a memorial to honor him.

The Leschi community united to organize the memorial project, following Officer Timothy Brenton's murder last Halloween.  He was murdered at the corner of 29th and Yesler while sitting in his car, training a rookie officer.

Now at the site, a granite carving at the memorial features Brenton's badge, number 6699. 

The memorial was a grassroots effort, with donated materials and labor.

During the dedication, one of the memorial organizers, Leschi community member Jeff Floor, discussed how this horrible tragedy united his community first in grief, then in resolve.

"Saying yes to this project came easy, like so many other folks we simply did what we could do," he said. "Faced with a horror, we all turned to each other and said 'this is what I have to offer and I'm really lucky to have something to do."

"I know I speak for all of us when I say that even after a year, the tears still sting,' said Seattle Police Chief John Diaz. "The horror, the shock and the disbelief at his loss remain."

Diaz said he's still struggling to make sense of Brenton's murder.  He urges the community to visit the memorial at 29th and Yesler to remember what's important.

After a bagpipe and drum tribute, Brenton's family and others laid flowers on the memorial.

A candlelight vigil was held at 9:00 p.m.  Following the vigil, Brenton's widow, Lisa, and their two children, Kayleigh and Quinn went trick-or-treating in the Leschi neighborhood.

 

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