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Memorial services set for MDPD officer Cesar Echaverry at Marlins Park

MIAMI – Memorial services for Miami-Dade police officer Cesar Echaverry, who was killed within the line of responsibility final week, are set for Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Marlins Park.

Hundreds of legislation enforcement officers from throughout South Florida are anticipated to line the roadway to Marlins Park to accompany the hearse carrying Echaverry’s casket from the funeral residence. 

MDPD director Freddy Ramirez is predicted to ship remarks. Local politicians may also be in attendance. 

Officers will likely be standing shoulder to shoulder, lining the trail because the physique of Miami-Dade Detective Cesar Echaverry is taken to the park.

The hearse carrying the flag-draped casket will likely be escorted by members of the Miami-Dade police division on bikes.

The procession is predicted to reach at the park earlier than the ten a.m. ceremony. 

Echaverry, 29, was shot Monday night time whereas attempting to arrest a suspect tied to an armed theft in Dania Beach. He was taken to Jackson Memorial the place he died on Wednesday.

Officer Echaverry died within the line of responsibility whereas serving & defending our group,” said Miami-Dade Police Director Freddy Ramirez in a statement. “We’ll always remember Officer Echaverry’s bravery & sacrifice. Godspeed, brother.”  

Echaverry is the first officer to be shot and killed in the line of duty under both Mayor Daniela Levine Cava and Director Ramirez

South Florida PBA President Steadman Stahl instructed CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “It is heartbreaking and he now walks with angels. We pray for his family and will help them cope with what is going on right now. It is devastating. Anytime you lose an officer it is devastating what has happened. It is also gut wrenching and crushing to a lot of people right now. The honor guard is a way of showing our respect and it won’t end here. It won’t end with this procession today. It’s going to be followed up with his funeral and he is not going to be forgotten for his sacrifice to this community.”

Echaverry was with the division’s Robbery Intervention Detail or RID, which works in a few of the county’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods.

Echaverry is the twenty fourth Miami-Dade officer within the division’s historical past to die after a shootout. He is the primary South Florida police officer killed since Hollywood police officer Yandy Chirino was shot to dying on October 18, 2021.

The final Miami-Dade cops to die in a shootout with a suspect have been Detectives Amanda Haworth and Roger Castillo. They have been shot and killed in 2011 whereas attempting to arrest a fugitive. That taking pictures was about half a mile from the place Echaverry was shot.

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