PHOTOS: Funeral and procession for Deputy Brad Garafola
BATON ROUGE - Cameras captured powerful moments Saturday afternoon as family, friends and colleagues gathered at Istrouma Baptist Church to pay respects for Deputy Brad Garafola.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputy Brad Garafola was laid to rest Saturday afternoon at Greenoaks Funeral Home in Baton Rouge.
Garafola's body was taken by horse-drawn carriage to Airline Highway outside the B-Quik store where Sunday's shooting occurred. A small ceremony with a balloon release was held before the casket was transfered to a hearse.
Cameras captured Sheriff Sid Gautreaux kneeling down in prayer against the back of the hearse before the procession continued to Greenoaks Funeral Home.
Garafola began his employment at the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office in 1992 at the age of 21. He was a 1989 graduate of Broadmoor High School in Baton Rouge. He leaves behind his wife Tonja and four children, Garrett, Braley, Brad, and Samantha.
Baton Rouge police Officer Matthew Gerald was laid to rest Friday. The third officer killed, Montrell Jackson, will be buried Monday.
EBRSO Deputy Bruce Simmons, who was wounded in Sunday's shooting, was also present at the service. Simmons was shot during the attack and required two surgeries to repair a shattered humerus.
During Sheriff Gautreaux's remarks, the sheriff acknowledged Simmons as well as Deputy Nick Tullier who was also wounded and is fighting for his life at a local hospital.
Three other officers were also wounded in the shooting.