Santa Cruz Community Mourns Slain Officers

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    The Santa Cruz community came out on Wednesday to mourn the loss of two fallen police officers, Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker and Det. Elizabeth Butler. Jean Elle reports. (Published Thursday, Feb 28, 2013)

    Hundreds of people gathered in Santa Cruz Wednesday night to remember two fallen police officers, Sgt. Butch Baker and Det. Elizabeth Butler.

    The two veteran officers were gunned down Tuesday by Jeremy Goulet, whom they were investigating for sexual assault. Goulet killed them, and then was gunned down himself by police about an hour later.

    Retired Santa Cruz police officer Jim Howes said: "I'll never forget Butch Baker he was a good man."  The pair worked together for five years in the community services unit. Howes says, "Baker had a passion for excellence a passion for work and a passion for his family."

    Neighborhood organizer Deborah Elston says Elizabeth Butler was always encouraging her to work with the department. Elston says, "She was a pretty special mom, dedicated to work and parenting." Elston says the police take care of them and now it's the communities turn to wrap their arms a grieving department.

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