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Indian tribe donating to families of 2 slain during Dorner manhunt

PHOTOS: Funeral for Riverside police officer Michael Crain

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians said Wednesday it will donate $20,000 to the families of two Inland Empire officers killed during the manhunt for Christopher Dorner.

The Riverside County tribe announced it will donate $10,000 apiece to the memorial funds for Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Detective Jeremiah MacKay.

PHOTOS: Funeral for Riverside police officer Michael Crain

Dorner, the fired Los Angeles police officer accused of terrorizing Southern California in a rampage that ended last week, allegedly opened fire on Crain’s patrol car while it was stopped at a red light on Feb. 7. Crain’s partner, Officer Andrew Tachias, was seriously injured in the attack.

MacKay was killed five days later during a fierce shootout near Big Bear after Dorner barricaded himself in a mountain cabin. Authorities say Dorner died of a gunshot wound, believed to be self-inflicted, as flames engulfed the cabin shortly after officers fired tear gas canisters into the home.

PHOTOS: Funeral for San Bernardino County Sheriff's Detective Jeremiah MacKay

Deputy Alex Collins was shot and seriously wounded in that firefight.

“These brave men gave their lives to protect and serve our communities and we should never forget their heroic sacrifice and the devastating loss that their families are suffering," said Morongo Tribal Chairman Robert Martin.


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-- Phil Willon in Riverside

Photo: Lynette Quinata MacKay, widow of Det. Jeremiah MacKay, shown holding their
4-month-old baby, joins the slain officer's parents, Alan and Dawn MacKay, at right, and others at a candlelight vigil Tuesday. Credit: Al Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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