Hundreds pay final respects to fallen WSU cop
Detroit — Officer Collin Rose was known for his infectious energy that seemed to lift the spirits of everyone who knew him.
Rose, loved ones say, was a go-getter who worked hard and often went above and beyond his duties as a police officer.
“He was just a great person,” Wayne State University Officer Andy Grimm said. “He was extremely friendly, extremely helpful. Just the kind of person you would want to know.”
Fellow police officers, K-9s, friends and relatives converged Wednesday on Ford Field at a memorial to honor Rose’s life.
Hundreds lined up to view his casket — which was covered by an American flag and had a police hat on top — in the stadium atrium.
Rose, 29, was killed Nov. 22 while he was making a traffic stop near Lincoln and Brainard.
The man accused of shooting the officer in the head, 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.
Rose’s fellow men in blue came from across the region to pay their respects. Some brought their K-9s since Rose was a member of Wayne State’s K-9 unit.
Grimm had Rose’s 2-year-old K-9 “Wolverine” at his side. He said Rose had received Wolverine after training in Alabama over the summer.
Rose was expected to spend a lot of time working at Ford Field as Wayne State’s K-9s handle explosive detection at the stadium, Grimm said.
University Officer Patrick Hammill said he and Rose became close friends when Rose joined his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, as a student at Ferris State University.
Hammill said he wrote Rose a recommendation letter for the Wayne State Police Department.
“You couldn’t be around him without being happy,” said Hammill, an 11-year veteran of the force. “He had an infectious personality about him. I am going to miss him dearly.”
Rose’s police SUV was parked on the sidewalk outside of the stadium, adorned with colorful roses and a photograph of Rose pinned on the driver’s side window. A group of his friends stopped to take photos of the memorial.
Among them was Mike Stonik of St. Clair Shores, who said he was still in disbelief over Rose’s death.
Stonik, 36, was Rose’s fraternity brother and said he had just met up with him at a bar about a week before Rose died.
Rose was always the “life of the party,” he said.
“It’s surreal. I am still baffled by what happened.”
Wayne State University criminal justice students also attended the visitation. Freshmen Mister Whitfield and Zachary Maurer said Rose was well-known around campus.
Whitfield said police officer shootings are a concern for students looking to pursue careers in law enforcement.
“It kind of hit home because I have multiple friends in our class who want to do this for a living,” he said. “The fact that this could happen to anyone at any time is what hurts the most.”
Rose’s funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 22415 Overlake, St. Clair Shores.