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April 24, 2014

Son eulogizes slain officer mother as 'amazing'

INDIANAPOLIS  — An Indianapolis police officer slain by her ex-husband, a fellow officer who then killed himself, was eulogized by her son as the "most amazing person" at her funeral Wednesday.

About 300 people attended the funeral for Officer Kimberlee Carmack, 45, at Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral, where an honor guard escorted her casket inside.

In a letter that was read aloud, Officer Dustin Carmack thanked his mother's friends and the community for their love and support since April 17, when police say she was shot by Sgt. Ryan Anders.

"Your memories, stories and prayers helped us get through the past few days," wrote Dustin Carmack, who also works for the city's police department.

"My mom is the most amazing person I've ever known. ... I feel blessed that God chose me to be her son," he wrote.

A funeral procession including dozens of police cars then traveled from the cathedral in downtown Indianapolis past her district headquarters, where her police car was on display, before going to Crown Hill Cemetery. Graveside services were held in the Heroes of Public Safety section.

Investigators say Anders shot Carmack after breaking into her home. The couple had divorced in October after a six-year relationship. Police Chief Rick Hite has said that a domestic violence investigation involving the couple was underway and that Carmack had been provided a safe place to stay away from her west side home.

Monica O'Leary paid her respects at the district headquarters.

"It's tragic. It's something I've fought against all my life. Any time I had a friend in an abusive situation, I tried to direct them out of it," O'Leary said.

At the cemetery, a photograph of Kimberlee Carmack sat on an easel, and Hite handed a folded American flag to Dustin Carmack.

Hite has allowed officers to voluntarily place black bands on their badges in her memory.

Officials say Anders' funeral set for Thursday isn't considered an official police service.


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