Thousands At Funeral of Slain Officer
Thousands attended the memorial service for slain Florida Deputy Sheriff Brain Tephford, who was gunned down when a Bahamian opened fire on a police vehicle.
Mr Tephford's superior officer Sheriff Ken Jenne read a copy of a letter penned by the deceased's four-year-old daughter to more than 3,500 of the deputy's family, friends and colleagues on Friday afternoon during a memorial service at the Broward Centre for the Performing Arts.
"Mommy told me a very bad man hurt my daddy, and my daddy's dead," four-year-old Alyssa wrote. "I was very sad and I cried and cried."
Deputy Corey Carbocci, of Royal Palm Beach, who was injured in last week's attack, listened from his wheelchair.
Three Bahamian men were charged last week in connection with opening fire on the two deputies - killing one and seriously injuring the other.
Eloyn Devon Ingraham, 28, was charged with first degree murder of Deputy Tephford, 34, and the attempted murder of Deputy Carbocci, 37, according to the Broward County Sheriff's office.
Two other men, both Bahamians, who were seen on surveillance video with Ingraham, were also arrested.
Arron Bernard Forbes, 22, and Andre M Delancy,l9, were charged with accessory after the fact.
Tephford, 34, was working an off-duty detail last Saturday night at an apartment complex when he made a traffic stop with Deputy Carbocci.
It is alleged that without warning, Ingraham jumped out of the car and fired 19 shots, striking both deputies several times, according to US authorities.
Deputy Tephford, who was not wearing a protective vest at the time of the shooting, was shot twice. The six-year veteran of the department was pronounced dead at a hospital early Sunday.
Deputy Carbocci, who was wearing a protective vest, was shot four times. He was hospitalised and was expected to make a full recovery.