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Funeral today for Jeremy Henwood, slain San Diego police officer

August 12, 2011 |  7:42 am

Hundreds of police cars from agencies throughout the nation are set to travel in procession Friday morning through the streets of San Diego for the funeral of Officer Jeremy Henwood, mortally wounded last weekend in what the police chief has called "an assassination."

The funeral is set for 10 a.m. at the Rock Church in Point Loma. Gov. Jerry Brown will be among the notables in attendance.

Henwood, 36, a reserve Marine officer with combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, was shot Saturday afternoon as he sat in his patrol vehicle in the City Heights neighborhood. He died several hours later.

His alleged assailant, Dejon Marquee White, 23, was shot and killed later by police when he refused to surrender and instead grabbed for a shotgun. White is the suspect in an earlier attack on a man in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant in El Cajon.

No motive for either attack has been revealed -- although police found a rambling suicide note in White's apartment.

A candlelight vigil was held Thursday night for Henwood in a park in the mid-city neighborhood that he was assigned to patrol. His parents, Beverly and Robbie Henwood, from San Antonio, attended.

"Jeremy is a treasured member of our family at the San Diego Police Department," said Chief Bill Lansdowne. "We will always remember him as a patriot and hero. His service to the people of San Diego will never be forgotten."

Henwood, a four-year veteran of the department, had returned to the department in May after a deployment to Afghanistan as a Marine captain.

The Rock Church was the site of the funeral last year for officer Christopher Wilson, 50, also killed in the line of duty.


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Photo: Jeremy Henwood. Credit: San Diego Police Department