Vigil scheduled to honor slain WSU officer

Robert Snell
The Detroit News

Detroit — Wayne State University will hold a candlelight vigil Tuesday for slain university police Officer Collin Rose, marking the start of three days of mourning.

The 6:15 p.m. vigil at the flag poles in Gullen Mall, northeast of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library in the center of campus, will include a moment of silence at 6:31 p.m. That is the time Rose, 29, was shot while attempting a traffic stop Nov. 22 near Lincoln and Brainard.

The man accused of killing the K-9 handler, DeAngelo Davis, 31, was charged Friday with first-degree murder, murder of a police officer, being a felon in possession of a firearm, three felony firearm charges and being a habitual offender.

He faces up to life in prison without parole on the murder charges and is due back in court for hearings Dec. 9 and 16.

A series of events are scheduled Wednesday and Thursday to honor Rose, the first WSU officer to die in the line of duty.

On Wednesday, visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ford Field in downtown Detroit and 7-9 p.m. at Kaul Funeral Home, 28433 Jefferson in St. Clair Shores, the funeral home announced Saturday afternoon.

A funeral mass will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 22415 Overlake, St. Clair Shores. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. before the mass.

Due to the funeral, school will be canceled Thursday, as will the 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. masses at the parish.

Also at 11 a.m. Thursday, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office personnel out on patrol in marked squad cars will activate their vehicle’s lights and sirens for 15 seconds in honor of Rose.

“We are saddened to hear of the passing of Officer Rose. Officer Rose was known to many for getting involved in community service,” Sheriff Benny Napoleon said in a statement. “Officer Rose was also known for being a very proactive, canine officer who worked hard at keeping the community safe. This is a tremendous loss to us all.”

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