Orlando Police lead mourning procession for Kevin Valencia
ORLANDO, Fla. – In cars and on motorcycles, a small group of Orlando police officers took the body of Officer Kevin Valencia to a funeral home in the Orlando area on Wednesday.
What you need to know
- Valencia was shot dead during a stalemate in June 2018
- Injuries left him in a coma and he was in rehabilitation
- The funeral is expected to take place on March 24th
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Officials conducted a funeral procession for the hearse that carried Valencia, the death of which was announced Monday, from the medical examiner’s office in Leesburg to the Baldwin Fairchild funeral home in Chapel Hill, Orlando.
Valencia had been in action for two years when he was seriously injured during a 15-hour break in June 2018.
Over the next three years, his family said he struggled to make progress on his injuries. Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon says his injuries ended up being too much for his body to overcome.
“We mourn,” said Rolon. “But we will continue to serve our citizens like we always have, but it’s tough, it’s tough, but rest assured they’ll do the great job, like they always do.”
Rolon said the department’s other top priority is helping Valencia’s family with their grief. Valencia leaves behind a wife and two children.
If you want to pay your respects to Officer Valencia, a wreath with his police cruiser is in front of the Orlando Police Department on the Orange Blossom Trail.
A public funeral will be held for him next Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist in Orlando.
VIDEO: The body of Orlando Police Officer Kevin Valencia has arrived at an Orlando funeral home ahead of services scheduled for March 24th. Valencia’s death was announced on Monday, almost three years after being seriously injured on duty: https: // t.co/xOBJeZq6Rr pic.twitter.com/bgcRzvFQos
– Spectrum News 13 (@ MyNews13) March 17, 2021