BY LISA DONOVAN
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Family, friends and colleagues will gather today in Columbus for the funeral of slain Cincinnati police Spc. Ronald Jeter.
A few friends, family and colleagues were expected to memorialize Spc. Jeter, who was gunned down last weekend with his police partner, Officer Daniel Pope.
The Rev. Tyus Nedd will officiate the service, which begins at 1:45 p.m. at the Rhema Christian Center, a non-denominational church at 2100 Agler Road in Columbus. The service is expected to last about two hours. Two musical selections will be sung by the Rhema Christian Center Worship Team. The pallbearers will be some of Spc. Jeter's fellow officers, although a list of the police was not available.
Spc. Jeter and Officer Pope were gunned down late Friday while serving an arrest warrant in Clifton Heights. The man who killed the officers committed suicide a few minutes after the shootings. Officer Pope's funeral was Wednesday at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, downtown. The gunman, Alonzo Davenport, was buried Thursday.
On Thursday night, thousands of mourners gathered for a visitation service for Officer Jeter at Thompson-Hall-Jordan Funeral Home in Walnut Hills.
At 9:45 a.m. today, a funeral procession will leave the funeral home, led by police escort, bound for Columbus. The procession through the city will be as follows:
The roughly 115-mile procession from the funeral home to the church will take an estimated two hours.
- South on Gilbert Avenue, to west on William Howard Taft Road.
- Taft Road to south on Essex Avenue.
- Essex Avenue to east on McMillan to northbound Interstate 71. On northbound I-71, the procession will slow in the area of Kings Island to allow any additional cars and buses to join in.
Croswell Charters, Klug Bus Service, and Washington Limousine Service have donated up to 10 luxury tour buses to transport police and fire personnel along with families to Columbus for Spc. Jeter's funeral.
Buses will be boarded at the Cincinnati Museum Center (Union Terminal), 1301 Western Ave. at 8:30 a.m., and will depart at 9 a.m. They will proceed to the parking lot at Paramount's Kings Island, where additional boarding will be permitted if space is available. Riders can park free at both locations.
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