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Officer Kerrie Orozco, a seven-year veteran of the Omaha Police Department, was a daughter, wife and stepmother. She was an active member of the community, coaching the Nebraska Boys and Girls Club baseball team and volunteering with the Girl Scouts and the Special Olympics.

She had given birth in February, prematurely, to her first child a daughter she named Olivia, and was scheduled to begin her delayed maternity leave when the baby was released from the neonatal unit at the hospital.

Instead, Officer Orozco was killed in the line of duty by a convicted felon, known gang member, Marcus D. Wheeler, the day before her maternity leave was scheduled to begin.

When police called for backup as they attempted to serve a felony arrest warrant on Wheeler, Orozco responded to the call. Wheeler opened fire striking the 29-year-old mother just above her protective vest. Officers returned fire and both Wheeler and Orozco died shortly thereafter at Creighton University Hospital.

Orozco, a three-year veteran of the department’s gang unit, “never had a chance to fire her weapon,” according to a statement by Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer.

Orozco, a white, female officer was laid to rest as thousands of mourners attended a special live television feed of the funeral at the CenturyLink Center in downtown Omaha.

Network and cable television cameras were not seen on the streets, as there was nothing sensational to broadcast. There were no reports of demonstrations in Omaha, no disturbances, no rioting, arson or looting. There were no overturned burning cars or buildings, no tear gas, no broken glass or sirens.

There was no blue line of police protecting the citizens and businesses of Omaha because none was needed. Officers and citizens alike were lining the streets in the rain to pay their respects to the fallen officer and member of the community.

Wheeler had a long rap sheet and had been charged in several shootings in the past. He had been evading arrest since September 2014 in connection with another. He was considered armed and dangerous.




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