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People pay respects to Daryl F. Gates at public viewing

April 26, 2010 |  8:53 pm

People continued to pay their respects Monday evening to former Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates, who died Friday after a bout with cancer.

A running loop of pictures of Gates was projected onto the wall behind his casket as people trickled into the auditorium at LAPD headquarters downtown.

Those who came included Katrina Campbell, a former LAPD officer who was hired in the 1980s while Gates was chief. Campbell, who is African American, credited Gates with helping diversify the force by hiring more minorities and women.

John Joe Aguilar drove in from West Covina to pay his respects to Gates. "He was a good man," said Aguilar, who worked as a volunteer for 25 years in the department's community relations unit.

A funeral for Gates will begin Tuesday with an 8:30 a.m. procession of family members and officials who will walk from police headquarters to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, where private memorial services will be held. An honors ceremony in the cathedral plaza will follow the funeral.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Video: Robert J. Lopez / Los Angeles Times