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Dorner manhunt: Funeral services set for slain Riverside officer

February 13, 2013 |  5:00 am

PHOTOS: Funeral for Riverside police officer Michael Crain

The Riverside Police Department officer who was killed last week in an alleged ambush by ex-cop Christopher Jordan Dorner will be buried Wednesday in Riverside.

A funeral service is scheduled for Michael Crain at 10:30 a.m. at the Grove Community Church in Riverside.

Crain, a 11-year veteran of the Riverside Police Department, was shot before dawn Thursday. Police said Crain, 34, and his partner were attacked as they sat at a red light in Riverside in a marked patrol car in what Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said was a "cowardly ambush."

PHOTOS: Funeral for Riverside police officer Michael Crain

The men were allegedly fired upon by Dorner, a former LAPD officer who was last believed to be holed up in a burning cabin in Big Bear.

Crain leaves behind his wife, Regina; a 10-year-old son, Ian; and a 4-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn, according to the Riverside Police Department. He "loved attending dance recitals with his daughter and coaching his son's baseball team," according to a statement from the department.

Crain's "family and friends knew his usually straight face hid a huge personality," the department said. He spent his spare time restoring a classic 1970 Chevy Nova, which he loved, the department said.

Crain, a Marine Corps veteran, deployed twice to Kuwait as a rifleman in the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3rd Battalion 1st Marines, according to the Police Department. He will be buried at Riverside National Cemetery.


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-- Hailey Branson-Potts in Riverside

Photo: Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz answers questions at a news conference Monday as a photo of slain Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain appears on a screen behind him. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times