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Thousands of mourners turned out at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to remember slain IMPD Officer Perry Renn. It was a somber service attended by police officers from all over the state and nation.
Mourners paid last respects to the officer gunned down last Saturday. The service was marked by poignant Renn family photos that flashed on giant video screens.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Public Safety Director Troy Riggs, IMPD Chief Rick Hite and Governor Mike Pence all paid their last respects.
Pence called the fallen officer a hero. “Officer Renn was a hero that night for the courage he showed that night in squaring his shoulders against deadly force to protect the community that he loved,” Pence said.
Many Hoosiers at the service spoke out about crime in the city and what they think should be done about it. Greenwood Resident Julene Kirke attended Renn’s service and says she thinks more police officers are a good move, but isn’t sure it will work. “Every time you turn on the TV, you know something else is tragically happening,” Kirke said.
Bloomington Resident Troy Maynard says it’s a big issue that must be addressed at the root level. “I’m glad that people are making a big deal about it because it needs to have a big deal made about it,” Maynard said. “Hopefully that will bring some attention to the actual problems.”
Indianapolis Resident Sunny Jones says many teens have no discipline and direction is life. Jones says she believes parents and good parenting are the true answer.