ST. LOUIS — Hundreds of people waited in long lines Tuesday to pay their respects to retired St. Louis Police Capt. David Dorn. He was shot and killed last week during the looting in St. Louis.
The visitation was held at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. A long line of mourners waited to get inside the church. It was an open casket. Dorn was dressed in his police uniform.
Dozens of police officers, many from out of town, came to pay their respects. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson also attended the visitation and presented a plaque to Dorn’s family.
Dorn spent most of his life fighting crime. He lost his life at the gun of a criminal one week ago Tuesday. Dorn was shot and killed by a looter while protecting Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry shop.
A 24-year-old St. Louis man has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
Dorn spent 38 years with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department before becoming the police chief in Moline Acres.
”I got assigned to the eighth district in July of 1970, and Dave and me together as uniformed officers,” said former St. Louis Police Officer Jesse Green Jr. “We just recently started talking about getting together for a little drink, but we stayed friends through the years. It’s a tragic tragic loss.”
Friend Shanice Jackson said it didn’t surprise her that hundreds of people turned out for the visitation.
“He was loved by so many people. He was respected by many people. I see so many officers and different people of all races coming to see him, so he was a good man,” she said.
Dorn’s funeral will be Wednesday. It will be a private funeral with only family, dignitaries and police personnel in attendance.
That event will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Louis Friendly Temple on Martin Luther King Drive. His burial will immediately follow the funeral service at Valhalla Cemetery on St. Charles Rock Road.