Funeral for officer slain near campus to be held Tuesday

Temple Police personnel will attend the funeral for Officer Patrick McDonald, who was killed in the line of duty a few blocks from campus on Tuesday afternoon.

A small memorial with candles, flowers and a toy motorcycle now graces the sidewalk on Colorado Street between Dauphin and Susquehanna streets near where Philadelphia Police Officer Patrick McDonald was gunned down by Daniel Giddings on Tuesday afternoon.

Michael McFall, operations manager of Temple’s Campus Safety Services said that Temple Police have not received any newer information about the incident directly from the Philadelphia Police but that Temple Police personnel and their honor guard will be present at McDonald’s funeral Tuesday at noon at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul at 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

“At a time like this, we’re all brothers and sisters in law enforcement,” McFall said. “And it’s appropriate to show our respect.”

The funeral Mass will follow a public viewing, which begins at 7:30 a.m.

Photo by Rachel Playe.

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  1. Attention Mayor Nutter:

    The prevalent “street conception” that the police can be dealt with through the use of deadly force appears to be born in “a drug mentality.” The distrust for the police, the police fatalities are substantially the result of the availability of illegal drugs. No one will be safe until the availability of these drugs is terminated.

    It appears that a substantial number of “otherwise noncriminal” drug abusing residents (the drug subculture) wish to ignore this when addressing the problems of violence. And this “drugs are OK attitude” seems to underlie the distrust for the police.

    I beg you to eliminate the crack cocaine and these dealers from the Philadelphia community in the service all decent citizens. Living in proximty to them is murder.

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