As workers started to remove debris Wednesday from a Modesto fourplex where a resident gunned down a sheriff's deputy and locksmith who were trying to evict him last week, officials were completing funeral arrangements for the deputy.
Officials expect about 2,000 law enforcement officers from across California to attend Friday's funeral for deputy Robert Paris. They also expect thousands of people to line the funeral route to pay their respects to Paris, a 16-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department.
Paris, 53, and locksmith Glendon Engert, 35, died April 12 when a man they were trying to evict opened fire on them. The man, James Ferrario, 45, died later that day from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said, as his Chrysler Drive fourplex was engulfed and destroyed by flames. Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.
After Friday's service, set for noon at Big Valley Grace Community Church, 4040 Tully Road, the procession will head south on Tully to Briggsmore Avenue, east on Briggsmore, south on Claus Road, east on Yosemite Boulevard and south on Santa Fe Drive.
The procession will end at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson, where burial is planned. Officials expect traffic to be interrupted for about an hour along the nearly 12-mile route.
Engert's memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Saturday.
Law enforcement officers from as far north as Shasta County and as far south as San Diego County are expected to attend Paris' funeral, said Rex Osborn, a retired Manteca Police Department public information officer and one of the volunteers helping the Sheriff's Department organize the funeral. Osborn also expects officers from Nevada and Oregon.
He said members of the public can pay their respects Friday by lining the funeral route. Osborn said the funeral procession should leave Big Valley for Lakewood at 1 or 1:30 p.m.
Osborn said thousands of people have lined funeral routes in Modesto in previous funerals for officers, and he does not expect Friday to be any different.
"We anticipate a large outpouring," he said.
The Chrysler Drive fourplex is part of the Whispering Woods apartment homes. The homeowner association is handling the demolition, according to a Modesto city spokeswoman.
The association could not be reached for comment, but an official with P.W. Stephens Environmental, one of the demolition project's contractors, said the job should take about three days.
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Memorial accounts have been set up for deputy Robert Paris and Glendon Engert:
Children's Brain Tumor Foundation, www.cbtf.org
Peace Officers Memorial Group, P.O. Box 577105, Modesto 95357
Operating Engineers Local No. 3, Federal Credit Union, Account 240356026
Valley First Credit Union, Account 187056
Condolences may be sent to: Engert Family Condolences, P.O. Box 1803, Modesto 95353
See a map of the procession route below
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