SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Mourners packed HP Pavilion in San Jose for a memorial Thursday for two Santa Cruz police officers killed in the line of duty last week.
The speakers included former U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel and Santa Cruz Mayor Hilary Bryant.
Gov. Jerry Brown was among those attending Thursday’s memorial, but he did not speak.
Santa Cruz police Sgt. Loran “Butch” Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler were gunned down the afternoon of Feb. 26 while following up on a report of a misdemeanor sexual assault. The shooter, 35-year-old Jeremy Goulet, was later killed in a gun battle with authorities.
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Singer James Durbin, of American Idol fame, performed the song “Arms Wide Open” at the request of the victims’ family members.
The memorial was held at the 20,000-seat HP Pavilion because there were no venues in Santa Cruz big enough to accommodate the expected crowds.
However, a live broadcast of the memorial was shown at the Kaiser Permanente Arena at 140 Front St. in Santa Cruz.
The two officers’ flag-draped coffins were displayed on the floor of the venue, flanked by two Santa Cruz police patrol cars. Podiums and floral wreaths had been set up on a stage nearby, and a bagpipe ensemble began and ended the proceedings.
During the ceremony, there were photos of Butler as a girl and as a teenager, then pregnant and with a newborn. She left behind her partner Peter Wu and her children, 5-year-old Joaquin and 2-year-old Stellan.
A few minutes later, while the song “Endless Love” played, a photo of what appeared to be Baker and his wife at their high school prom was shown, along with photos of Baker with his children at the beach, at birthday parties, and at a Giants game at AT&T Park.
The program states that Baker and his wife were “childhood sweethearts and lifelong soulmates.”
“Butch and his wife Kelly were 10 and 11 years old when their love story began,” the program read.Comments