Funeral Tuesday for DPD officer killed in crash

Darren Weathers, 25.

Information on the funeral for a Detroit police officer who died in a car crash on the city’s southwest side Tuesday was released Friday.

Detroit Police officials said a vigil for officer Darren Weathers will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Second Precinct, 13530 Lesure near Grand River Avenue and Interstate 96.

They said viewing for Weathers will be 5-8 p.m. Sunday and 2-8 p.m. Monday at Rosedale Park Baptist Church, 14179 Evergreen. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Second Ebenezer Church, 14601 Dequindre, according to officials.

On Tuesday, Weathers, 25, was on Michigan Avenue near Clark on the city’s southwest side, traveling in an unmarked police vehicle, according to authorities.

Police Chief James Craig said Weathers, affectionately called “Lucky,” was alone in the vehicle at about 11:35 a.m. when the accident occurred. It’s not clear what caused the crash, he said.

Officer Darren Weathers crashed his car at Michigan Avenue and Clark. Investigators aren’t sure if he was part of a training exercise.

Weathers was part of the Detroit Police Department for less than two years. He attended Crockett Career and Technical Center and served in Afghanistan from 2012 to 2015. He also has a young daughter who was traveling from Georgia to stay with him this week. 

“He was just a stand-up guy since we were younger, stood by and on his word, a true hero, one of few police officers that was really for the people in urban communities,” said his cousin Mykel Weathers. “A great father, just a life gone too soon.”