AVON — Samaria Blackwell dreamed of being a police officer. After losing her life in the FedEx mass shooting, the Avon Police Department began a special project to collect patches from law enforcement agencies across the country.
Blackwell’s nickname was “Stitches,” and the Patches for Stitches project was born.
More than 500 patches were presented to Blackwell’s family Friday.
“We hope you find great comfort in knowing that Samaria had chosen a profession, that in return, has shown their love and support in an unprecedented fashion,” the department wrote in a letter to the family. “We are honored to show our support for an incredible young woman and her entire family.”
One officer’s wife put together a scrapbook with letters, cards, notes and more. It was also was given to the family with the patches.More Stories on the FedEx Mass Shooting: The Facts: What we know about the deadly mass shooting at an Indy FedEx facility | Timeline: Deadly mass shooting at FedEx facility in Indy | These are their faces: The victims of the FedEx mass shooting | Brandon Hole: What we know about the Indy FedEx mass shooter | Funeral plans for Indianapolis FedEx shooting victims | Marion Co. Prosecutor describes Red Flag status of FedEx mass shooter | Police union president blasts Marion County prosecutor for not using red flag law against FedEx assailant | IMPD observed white supremacist websites on FedEx shooting suspect's computer in 2020 | Calls for stricter gun legislation in Indiana following FedEx mass shooting | How Indiana's Jake Laird Law works | Mental health experts urge Hoosiers who are hurting after the FedEx shooting to seek help | Reminder: What you should do in an active shooter situation