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Public has two opportunities to pay respects to fallen IMPD officer

COVID-19 restrictions limit public participation
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Posted at 5:44 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 19:25:55-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- The public will have two chances to pay respects to fallen IMPD Officer Breann Leath, who was shot to death last week while responding to a domestic violence situation.

“While Officer Leath’s years on earth were all too brief, her life – lived in service to others – has had a profound impact on so many Indianapolis residents. That’s why we are calling on the community to share their stories and offer their condolences to the family through our designated email address,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett.

“While COVID-19 restrictions mean adjusting how the community comes together, I know that residents will want Officer Leath’s family to feel their full support during this difficult time.”

Because of COVID-19 restrictions on public assembly, there will not be a public visitation or public attendance at Thursday's funeral.

Instead, Officer Leath's police car is parked in front of East District headquarters, 201 North Shadeland Avenue. The public can drive by the car, but should not get out of their own vehicles.

Additionally, Mayor Hogsett and IMPD announced the launch of an initiative that will allow residents to grieve the loss of Officer Leath and share kind words, interactions, memories, photographs, and/or art. In the coming weeks, the content will be combined and provided to Officer Leath’s family. Residents are asked to send in these digital submissions in lieu of leaving flowers or other gifts at Officer Leath’s vehicle.

Residents can submit their memories and condolences at OfficerLeathLegacy@indy.gov.

“While Officer Leath’s years on earth were all too brief, her life – lived in service to others – has had a profound impact on so many Indianapolis residents. That’s why we are calling on the community to share their stories and offer their condolences to the family through our designated email address,” said Mayor Hogsett.