Slain Riverside Officer Michael Crain Remembered by Family, Friends – Wendy Burch Reports
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KTLA) — Thousands of people attended the funeral of a Riverside police officer who was allegedly killed by Christopher Dorner.
The procession started at Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary and wound its way to Grove Community Church.
All 400 Riverside police officers participated in the procession in squad cars and on motorcycles.
As the procession arrived at the church, it was met by two Riverside Fire Department ladder trucks draping an American flag over the route.
Law enforcement personnel from all over the state attended the funeral, along with members of the military and the Riverside community.
Governor Jerry Brown and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck were expected to be among the mourners Wednesday morning at Grove Community Church.
The public service began at about 10:30 a.m. and concluded just before 12:30 p.m.
A big screen was set up outside with chairs in an overflow area.
Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz introduced the eulogy for the service.
“I think we hoped that we could clone him several times over,” Diaz said.
There were personal remarks from Crain’s brother Jason, two childhood friends, a former Riverside Police Department co-worker and a Marine Corps friend.
His wife, Regina Crain, fought back tears while saying her marriage to the officer “seemed like a dream.”
“I know there’s a lot of people that have wonderful relationships. I felt mine was perfect.”
The service will be followed by a second procession from the church to Riverside National Cemetery, where Crain will be laid to rest.
Crain grew up in the Riverside area and attended Redlands High School.
He then went into the Marine Corps and served two tours of duty in Kuwait as a rifleman in the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3rd Battalion 1st Marines.
He joined the Riverside Police Department upon returning home from Kuwait.
Crain was a member of the SWAT team, as well as a firearms instructor and a training officer. He was training a new recruit on the night he was gunned down.
He leaves behind a wife, a 10-year-old son, Ian, and a 4-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn.
He “loved attending dance recitals with his daughter and coaching his son’s baseball team,” according to a statement from the Riverside Police Department.
Crain’s “family and friends knew his usually straight face hid a huge personality,” the department said.
He spent his spare time restoring a classic 1970 Chevy Nova, which he loved, the department said.
Crain’s partner, an unidentified 27-year-old rookie, was shot multiple times. He remains hospitalized, but is expected to be okay.