Slain Officer’s Funeral Procession Detours Through Community He Patrolled

January 19, 2011

The funeral procession for Baltimore police Officer William H. Torbit Jr. took him on one last trip down Pennsylvania Avenue Wednesday morning, through the neighborhood where he worked on and off the clock to fight crime and build community.

Services were to begin at 10 a.m. at The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. The interment will be at at Arbutus Memorial Park.

Some people came out of their homes as the sirens blared just after 9 a.m. but others had been waiting and watching.

Kevin Brooks, 22, said he got out of bed to see it go by. “I had to pay my respects,” he said.

Brooks said Torbit had done much to help him and and his neighbors. “He was most loved around here. He got people out of trials and tribulations,” Brooks said.

Priscilla Davis of T & Tees Grocery on Pennsylvania Avenue said the officer, a friend of her son’s, was like a child to her.

Baltimore needs more officers like Torbit, she said. “They mind him. They respect him.”

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