New York 1 News

September 17, 2004

Thousands Of NYPD Officers Head To Second Funeral This Week

Thousands of police officers are expected at a funeral for one of their own for the second time this week.


Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Commissioner Ray Kelly are expected to speak at Detective Robert Parker's funeral Friday morning.

It's scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Christian Cultural Center in Canarsie, Brooklyn.

A wake was held for Parker on Thursday. Members of the 67th Precinct detective squad remembered their fallen brother.

"Fun-loving guy, life of the party," said NYPD Det. Joe Calabrese. "He was a fixture in the place. It's not going to be the same without him."

"He loved being a detective and that's all he wanted to be," said NYPD Det. Terri Leto. "He put his heart and soul into it. He was a gentleman to everybody. This was his whole life."

Detective Parker will be buried in North Carolina.

His partner Patrick Rafferty was buried Wednesday on Long Island.

Both were killed last Friday in East Flatbush. Marlon Legere is accused of grabbing Parker's gun and shooting both of them while they were responding to a domestic disturbance call.