2004-09-16 / Other News

Friday Funeral For One Slain Detective At Christian Center

By Charles Rogers

Makeshift tribute, with flowers and cardboard messages stands at the corner of East 49 Street and Clarendon Road, site where two NYPD detectives were slain last Friday night.Makeshift tribute, with flowers and cardboard messages stands at the corner of East 49 Street and Clarendon Road, site where two NYPD detectives were slain last Friday night. The funeral for Detective Robert Parker, 43, who was killed last Friday in the line of duty, along with Detec-tive Patrick Rafferty, 39, will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Christian Cultural Center at 120-20 Flatlands Avenue on the eastern fringes of Canarsie. Rafferty’s funeral was held yesterday at St. Mary’s Church in East Islip on Long Island.

Both detectives, assigned to the 67th Precinct, were allegedly killed by Marion Legere, 29, as they responded to a domestic violence call from the suspect’s mother, whose home is on Clarendon Road near East 49 Street. When they arrived at the home, the mother said her son had taunted her and had stolen her car. The detectives decided to wait for Legere to return.

At about 8:20 p.m., the suspect started to park the car and the detectives confronted him, at which time a struggle ensued and both officers were shot in the chest. One of the detectives was able to shoot Legere in the foot, but he carjacked a vehicle and drove himself to an apartment on Brooklyn Avenue, where he was cornered by swarms of police and arrested.

In a press briefing, Police Commis-sioner Ray Kelly said the suspect’s criminal history includes nine arrests, one for grand larceny. He has served time for assault, sexual abuse and drugs and was released from prison only last March, sources said. He was arraigned Monday and is being held without bail.

Legere’s mother was in tears as she read reports of the murders of her protectors and she openly apologized to the families and to the NYPD. Rafferty leaves a wife and three children. Parker, who was divorced, is survived by an adult daughter.

Police unions, meanwhile, are pro-testing the lack of a death penalty in the state.

Charles Rogers

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