OAKLAND, CA - Oracle Arena in Oakland filled to capacity for the funeral of four police officers gunned down by a parolee last weekend.
The funeral service for Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 40, of Tracy, Sgt. Ervin Romans, 43, of Danville, Sgt. Daniel Sakai, 35, of Castro Valley and Officer John Hege, 41, of Concord. began at 11 a.m.
Mourners passed under a giant U.S. flag held up by two fire truck ladders as they entered the parking lot. The officer’s caskets were draped in American flags.
Organizers of the funeral had to shut the doors to the arena because it was filled to capacity by 11 a.m.
18,000 people came to honor the fallen officers. Officials estimate that the joint funeral drew about 10,000 law enforcement members from around the world.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and state Attorney General Jerry Brown are among the thousands are attending a funeral Friday for four Oakland police officers killed over the weekend, police said Thursday.
Schwarzenegger met privately with the officers’ family members prior to the 11 a.m. service at the Oracle Arena but wasn’t scheduled to speak at the funeral, police Capt. Paul Figueroa said at a Thursday news conference at police headquarters.
Local Officers Head to Oakland Police Funeral
Officers from Sacramento area police and sheriff’s departments gathered early Friday morning at the Sacramento Amtrak station to travel to Oakland for the funerals of four police officers.
Amtrak offered free seats on the 7:40 a.m. train to Oakland for members of the law enforcement community who wanted to attend the services. Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson were among those taking the train to the funerals.
Oakland Police Officers Mark Dunakin, John Hege, Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai were killed in the line of duty on March 21. Officer Dunakin was a resident of Tracy. A funeral procession left Tracy Friday morning for the funeral services at Oracle Arena.
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