Memorial Plans For Slain Santa Cruz Officers

The community of Santa Cruz today is reeling from the deaths of two veteran police officers who were gunned down Tuesday afternoon on the doorstep of a man they were investigating for an alleged sexual assault

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    The city of Santa Cruz - and beyond - is preparing for a Thursday memorial service that no one wanted to prepare for.

    The two officers were killed last Tuesday when they were investigating sexual assault allegations against Jeremey Goulet, 35, who 20 minutes into the interview with the officers pulled out a .45-caliber handgun and shot t hem to death, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff. Their deaths were the first of their kind in the city.

    Santa Cruz Plans For Officer Memorial

    [BAY] Santa Cruz Plans For Officer Memorial
    The city of Santa Cruz is holding a memorial for two slain officers on Thursday at San Jose's HP Pavilion. Bob Redell reports. (Published Wednesday, March 6, 2013)

    Services actually begin on  Wednesday, when well-wishers flocked to Santa Cruz Memorial for a viewing of the caskets of Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker and Det. Elizabeth Butler. The public viewing lasted from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    The public memorial for the two is scheduled for Thursday at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. A funeral procession leaves Santa Cruz at 8:45 a.m. and will travel over Highway 17 in a procession that is expected to be two miles long.

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    [BAY] Santa Cruz Community Mourns Slain Officers
    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)

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    Baker, a 1979 graduate of Bellarmine Preparatory School in San Jose, leaves behind a wife, Kelly, two daughters, Jillian and Ashley, and a son, Adam, who was a community service officer for the police department.

    Team Coverage: Santa Cruz PD Mourns Two Officers

    [BAY] Team Coverage: Santa Cruz PD Mourns Two Officers
    We learned more about the life and death of two veterans Santa Cruz police officers who were killed in the line of duty Tuesday. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013)

    Baker was "tenacious," and the best investigator in the department, according to Santa Cruz police chief Kevin Vogel.

    Butler was a Los Angeles native and graduated from Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance in 1992. She then attended UC Santa Cruz and earned a degree in community studies and ended up staying in the beach side city, where she lived with her partner, Peter, and two young boys ages 5 and 1.

    She wrote her senior thesis on her experiences working with young Latinos, according to UC Santa Cruz's website. She attended the Evergreen Police Academy in San Jose in 2003 before joining the Santa Cruz police.

    Vogel said she had developed a niche in the area of sexual assault, and was very experienced investigating those cases. "That's the type of case that she was investigating yesterday when  this tragedy happened," he said.

    Before that, she had worked as a patrol officer, hostage negotiator, and an agent assigned to the Santa Cruz County drug task force.

    For up-to-date memorial service plans, click on the Santa Cruz police website.

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