RIVERSIDE — As the widow and children of officer Michael Crain walk tearfully alongside the flag draped casket of the fallen officer.
More than 4 thousand family, friends and fellow officers packed the Grove Community church in Riverside while an overflow of mourners sat in front of this jumbo tron listening to those who loved Crain honor his life.
Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz choked back tears as he described to Crain’s 2 young children the qualities that made their dad — an outstanding police officer.
“Because he was tough he knew he could be kind and gentle.”
The 11 year veteran and former Marine lost his life last Thursday — allegedly shot to death during an ambush by Christopher Dorner.
Crain’s wife bent over the coffin while memories flashed on a video screen of an unforgettable friend, brother and husband.
A heartbroken Regina Crain spoke of the man she will miss.
“I really I knew communities would reach out and I knew that a lot of people loved mike and I would have support no matter what,” Regina Crain told mourners. “But I really didn’t realize the sheer scale of this and how many people are touched by his life, it gives me great comfort to see that and I want to thank you all.’
— Sara Welch, KTLA News