Slain San Antonio officer remembered at funeral service

Police attend funeral services for San Antonio police detective Benjamin Marconi, 50, a 20-year veteran of the force, as his casket is delivered by a horse-drawn carriage, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in San Antonio. Marconi was fatally shot during a traffic stop near police headquarters on Nov. 20. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Police attend funeral services for San Antonio police detective Benjamin Marconi, 50, a 20-year veteran of the force, as his casket is delivered by a horse-drawn carriage, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in San Antonio. Marconi was fatally shot during a traffic stop near police headquarters on Nov. 20. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Friends, family and colleagues have gathered to remember a San Antonio police detective who was shot to death while sitting in his patrol car.

Detective Benjamin Marconi’s funeral Monday was at the Community Bible Church in San Antonio. Betsy Buhler, the church’s media minister and a police chaplain, said: “We are forever grateful for his watch over us.”

The 50-year-old Marconi was fatally shot Nov. 20 as he sat in his patrol car writing a traffic ticket outside police headquarters. Thirty-one-year-old Otis Tyrone McKane has been charged with capital murder in the attack. McKane said he was angry over a child-custody battle and “lashed out at somebody who didn’t deserve it.”

Those who spoke at the service included fellow officers and Marconi’s grown children.

Marconi was a 20-year department veteran.

 

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