About 1,000 residents gathered at the City Heights Performance Annex Thursday to hear poems, letters and music prepared by area youth in honor of slain mid-city officer Jeremy Henwood. The evening was put together by members of Youth Voice and community organizer Dana Brown, who also encouraged residents to bring food and letters of support to the police station throughout the week.
Police Chief William Landsdowne, Capt. Todd Jarvis and Officer Riter Flores offered memories of the fallen officer, who they said loved serving City Heights and would choose it again if given the chance. They expressed thanks for the “unique bond” between the department and its community.
“It’s important to show the police officers that we do care for them and we’re proud of them,” said Adriana Arzarte, 16, of Youth Voice.
Henwood was gunned down Aug. 6 in broad daylight on University Avenue in City Heights. His alleged assailant was later killed in a stand-off with police.
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