Officer killed in Sunday shooting was devoted family man
BATON ROUGE - The neighbor of one of the slain officers in Baton Rouge says that if 41-year-old Matthew Gerald had been hardened by his years in the military, you couldn't tell it when he became an officer and got his squad car.
Ashley Poe says Gerald seemed so tickled when he got his take-home car that he scrubbed it down and was playing with the lights, turning them on and off, just like a kid -- "living out the dream."
Poe said her 14-year-old son was interested in military service, and Gerald was always ready to answer his questions, telling him "how he was proud to protect his country."
Poe also says that Gerald was devoted to his wife and daughters.
A candlelight vigil for Matthew Gerald is planned for Monday night from 8 to 10 p.m. at Healing Place Church located at 19202 Highland Rd. More details about that vigil are available on Facebook. For a complete schedule of memorial events planned on Monday and Tuesday, click here.