BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Thursday night family, friends and even strangers remembered one of the three law enforcement officers killed in Sunday's deadly ambush in Baton Rouge.
A visitation service was held at Resthaven Gardens of Memory and Funeral Home in Baton Rouge for Matthew Gerald. It was a difficult night for many as they said goodbye to the officer.
Gerald was a former Marine and Black Hawk crew chief in the Army. He had only been with the Baton Rouge Police Department a year when he was killed, and it was apparent by the number of people at the visitation that he was loved and respected by many - even those who never got a chance to meet him.
"He was a great guy, and now he's that little star up in the sky, twinkling down, winking at us saying, 'I got you,'" said Annie Ray of Baton Rouge.
There will be another visitation for Officer Gerald Friday morning at Healing Place Church, and a funeral service will follow.