Community Turns Out in Droves at Funeral for Librarian Killed in Accidental Police Shooting
A Florida community came out in force for a beloved librarian who was accidentally shot and killed during a police safety demonstration last week.
The grief was palpable at the funeral for 73-year-old Mary Knowlton in Punta Gorda.
Her son, Steve, paid tribute to his mom at the First United Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon.
"I think about my mom and I think about how she made everyone she ever encountered feel like number 1," he said.
Knowlton was shot and killed during a safety demonstration by a police officer who thought he was firing blanks.
Officer Lee Coel has been suspended while the investigation continues.
The family is said to have forgiven Coel for his actions.
Her husband, Gary, told NBC in a statement: “We're gonna get through this and try to make the best of it and go on with a positive attitude and care about people.”