Mourners gather for slain Riverside officer after manhunt of Christopher Dorner

Police believe Dorner was in cabin

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) -  

A funeral service is planned Wednesday morning for Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain, who was allegedly killed by Christopher Dorner last week.

 

The funeral for the 11-year veteran of the department will be held at Grove Community Church at 19900 Grove Community Dr. in Riverside. The service is expected to last until around noon, when Crain's remains will be borne to Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd.

Crain and another officer were on routine patrol and stopped at a red light at about 1:35 a.m. Thursday when they were allegedly ambushed by Dorner, who reportedly opened fire with a rifle - not even giving the officers a chance to fire back. The second officer, whose identity was not released, was seriously injured but expected to survive.

Crain, 34, leaves behind a wife, 10-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter. He was also a Marine, having served two tours in Kuwait prior to joining the Riverside Police Department.

A large crowd is expected at the service. The Riverside Police Department has closed down its offices Wednesday, so all of the employees can attend.

You can watch the funeral live on ABC7. Our coverage begins with a special edition of Eyewitness News at 10 a.m., followed by the funeral at 10:30 a.m. You can also watch the service streaming live on abc7.com .

A fund was set up for anyone wishing to make a donation to Crain's family.

Checks can be mailed to:

Riverside Police Officers Association Assistance Fund (RPOA)
1965 Chicago Ave., Suite B
Riverside, CA 92507

 

Dorner is an ex-Los Angeles Police Department officer and former Navy reservist who was wanted for killing Crain as well as Cal State Fullerton assistant basketball coach Monica Quan and her fiancé Keith Lawrence. Dorner is also suspected of killing a San Bernardino deputy during a shootout with authorities on Tuesday at a cabin near Big Bear Lake. After the shootout, SWAT surrounded the cabin, which eventually went up in flames, burning for several hours. When the flames died down, authorities discovered charred remains in the rubble .

Wednesday morning, an official briefed on the investigation told the Associated Press that a wallet with a California driver's license with the name Christopher Dorner has been found in the rubble of a cabin.

 

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