Vigil honors fallen Detroit Police Officer Weathers
Correction: A previous version of this story misidentified Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence.
Detroit — Dozens crowded outside of the Detroit Police Department's 2nd Precinct on Saturday for Officer Darren Weathers's vigil.
Weathers', 25, died in a car crash on the city's southwest side Tuesday while on a surveillance training exercise in an unmarked police vehicle that collided with another vehicle, according to authorities.
Weathers, was often called “Lucky” by members of his unit and many wore black bands with his shield number, 4644, over their badges in his honor.
Police officers and community members gathered at the 2nd Precinct, located at 13530 Lesure, to hear remarks from Chief James Craig and pay their respects to the family.
"This is really the day to celebrate the life of a hero," Craig said. "Lucky lost his life doing his job. Lucky was performing his duty in an exceptional way...those of you who have done a surveillance exercise, you know you do not lose the target and he was committed."
Craig said he's focusing on the supervision to make sure training environments are safe and they are still investigating the incident.
"Safety is always paramount...When you set high expectations and you talk about an officer like this who was driven to succeed, he served his city well."
Lewis Weathers, Darren Weathers' father, spoke briefly at the vigil thanking those who attended and cared for his son.
"I don't know why I feel like I'm at church. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away," Lewis Weathers said. "Thank you for remembering my son."
While attendees lit candles and shared prayers, Detroit Police commander chaplain Amy Kamm sung "I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe, saying she thought the melody was the best tribute to him.
Craig also reflected on Weathers' time in the academy, his heroic acts — including saving his partner — and his role in the community. Craig said, "He was driven, compassionate, a warrior, but he was also a peace officer."
"When we look at the videos of him in the community," Craig continued, "he goes from warrior to compassionate community police officer. Running and doing pushups with kids and bridging the gap, that's what we want for all of our officers."
Commander Brian Mounsey said it was a privilege to be Weathers' commanding officer at the 2nd Precinct.
"I knew I was getting a special officer...he was an outstanding leader and true hero," Mounsey said. "His loss will be felt not only by his DPD family, his immediate family, but the community as a whole."
In addition to Detroit Police staff, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, Stephen Grady, –Chief of Staff for Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones – and City Council Member Roy McCalister, attended.
The viewing for Officer 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.