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Funeral, viewing, vigil details announced for Detroit police Officer Darren Weathers

Weathers killed in crash during training exercise

DETROIT – Funeral, viewing and vigil arrangements have been announced for Detroit police Officer Darren Weathers.

Here are the details:

Viewing

Rosedale Park Baptist Church
14179 Evergreen Road
Detroit, MI 48223

5-8 p.m. Sunday
2-8 p.m. Monday

Funeral

Second Ebenezer Church
14601 Dequindre Road
Detroit, MI 48212

Family hour: 10 a.m. Tuesday
Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday

Vigil

Second Precinct
13530 Lesure Street
Detroit, MI 48227

5 p.m. Saturday

Child from viral video shares memories

Weathers was killed Tuesday in a crash during a training exercise, but before his death, he had a major impact on the community.

He will be remembered for a viral video that showed him pulling over in Detroit to get out of his squad car and play basketball with some children in the street.

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Now, one of the children from the video is sharing stories from his short time with Weathers.

Detroit Police Officer Darren Weathers was killed in a crash Feb. 13, 2018 on Michigan Avenue. (WDIV)
Detroit Police Officer Darren Weathers was killed in a crash Feb. 13, 2018 on Michigan Avenue. (WDIV)

"He said, 'Do you guys want to play basketball?'" Antoine Ball, 10, said.

It was a simple question last summer that still sticks with Antoine.

Weathers saw the children playing on Detroit's west side. To choose teams, he had the children to push-ups. Then he had a race, and the children were happy that the officer took an interest in them.

"I remember we all had fun and played basketball," Antoine said.

Last summer, Weathers told Local 4 that when he was a child, he thought police officers on the street meant someone was in big trouble. His goal was to make the children feel like a big brother to look up to was coming to play with them.

On Tuesday, Antoine's mother had to tell him that his friend wouldn't be coming around anymore. But Antoine said Weathers would tell him to be strong and remember that day.

You can watch Shawn Ley's interview with Antoine in the video posted above.


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