KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Members of the Kansas City Police Department and other friends and family came together Wednesday afternoon to remember their friend, Michael Chou, 29, who was killed in a car accident in front of his office over the weekend.
The accident happened early Saturday morning at about 3 a.m. just minutes after Chou finished his shift. A black BMW driven by Larneal Davis of Independence, Mo., was traveling at a high rate of speed and collided with Chou’s Honda Civic. Chou’s car was split in two as a result of the impact.
Davis has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Chou was leaving a job that he loved, his sister said it brought him a challenge every day. His father said it was in his blood.
"His grandfather was a police man, so he had it in his blood. When he was a young man he always wanted to be a police man," Andrew Chou said.
The visitation was held at the Kansas City Regional Police Academy and a memorial service followed it, which included an honor guard ceremony and a formal flag presentation to the family.
"He's our pride and we talk about him all the time. We are very proud of him," Andrew Chou said.
The family requests donations be made in Michael's honor to The Kansas City Police Crime Laboratory, c/o Police Foundation of Kansas City, 1125 Locust St. KCMO 64106.
Among his accomplishments, Chou had earned a bachelor of science degree in cellular molecular biology and held a master’s degree in advanced crime scene investigation. He had also completed two years towards his PhD in criminal justice.