INDIANAPOLIS - Monday marked 10 years since Indianapolis Metro Police Officer Jake Laird was shot and killed in the line of duty.
His parents and 17-year-old daughter attended a remembrance ceremony for him. IMPD officers gathered on the street outside Southeast District Roll Call renamed in his honor.
Laird was shot to death in Aug. 2004 by a man with a rifle who murdered his own mother earlier that day.
"We miss him. We miss him. The city lost a police officer but he's our son, he's our child. So holidays are different, birthdays, everything is different. But we just try to remain strong in our faith and realize that we'll see him again one day," his mother Debbie Laird said.
A blue line was painted in front of the district, a symbol that police will always stand between citizens and those who try to harm them.
"The turn out today just shows that this city doesn't forget. His brothers and sisters in the police uniform never forget," his father Mike Laird said.
Laird's parents have maintained a memorial fund and have since raised more than $380,000 to donate to police officers and firefighters in Indiana.
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