BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — A funeral will be held Friday for one of the three police officers killed Sunday by a lone gunman.
The service for Matthew Gerald, 41, will be held at 11 a.m. at Healing Place Church. There will be a procession from the church to Louisiana National Cemetary where Gerald will be buried.
Gerald, a former Marine and Black Hawk crew chief in the Army who did three tours in Iraq, had only been an officer with the Baton Rouge Police Department for one year, according to WAFB. He graduated from the academy in March and had only been released from the training program to ride by himself less than two weeks before he was killed.
“It was like a natural glow when he had his uniform on,” his wife Dechia Gerald told WAFB. “He was prideful. You can tell he was excited about being in the police department. He was giving back to his community. He was being a servant once again.”
The couple had celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary this month, Time reported. They had a 3-year-old daughter together and Gerald had adopted his wife’s 9-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.
Gerald’s friend Ryan Cabral, also a police officer, described Gerald as “made to serve the people” to the Washington Post.
“We did our time in the military, and when that time was up, you just can’t turn off that want to serve the people,” he said.
Visitation and funeral services for Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Garafola, 45, are set for Monday. Garafola had been with the sheriff’s office for 24 years when he was killed. Services for Montrell Jackson, 32, will be on Monday. Jackson had spent 10 years working as an officer for the Baton Rouge Police Department when he was killed.
The three are among a group of ten officers killed in ten days.