Vigil planned Thursday for fallen NOPD officer Vernell Brown Jr.

Vigil planned Thursday for fallen NOPD officer Vernell Brown Jr.

A vigil will be held Thursday evening for fallen New Orleans police officer Vernell Brown Jr.

Brown, a 17-year NOPD veteran, died following an accident on the Pontchartrain Expressway.

Brown was struck by a car July 12. He was working a crash on U.S. 90 at the I-10 East split with two recruits when the incident happened. As he stepped out of the police cruiser, investigators say two cars crashed, one of which hit Brown, sending him into a coma from which he would never emerge.

Brown died on July 17.

A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the NOPD Sixth District Station, located at 1930 Martin Luther King Boulevard. The event is open to the public and members of the community are encouraged to attend.

Funeral services are planned for Brown Saturday. Services will be held at the Greater St. Stephens Full Gospel Baptist Church, located at 5600 Read Boulevard in New Orleans East. Visitation will take place from 7-10:30 a.m. A memorial mass will follow at 11 a.m.

A burial ceremony will immediately follow the memorial mass at the Law Enforcement Memorial at Lakelawn Cemetery, located at 5100 Pontchartrain Boulevard. All memorial events are open to the public.

In the meantime, no charges have been filed against the drivers involved in the accident.

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