Services Set For Slain Officer

edwards matthew Services Set For Slain OfficerFinal funeral arrangements have been announced for Taylor police officer Matthew Edwards, who was shot and killed Friday while investigating an apparent domestic dispute.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Howe-Peterson Funeral Home on Telegraph in Taylor.

At 9:00 Thursday morning, officers will gather at Beacon Baptist Church on Northline, in Taylor. A viewing will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the church, and a funeral service will follow at noon. Burial will follow at Michigan Memorial Cemetery.

Meanwhile, 36-year-old Tyress Matthews, who is being held in connection with the shooting, remains hospitalized with a gunshot wound. The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office doesn’t expect to receive a warrant request until later this week.

The city of Taylor has set up two memorial funds for Corporal Edwards’ family.

The public can make donations to the “Cpl. Matthew Edwards Memorial Fund” at any branch of PNC Bank.

A second private fund has been established with the Thin Blue Line of
Michigan, also at PNC Bank branches. Donations also may be mailed to the Thin Blue Line of Michigan at P.O. Box 415, Howell, MI 48844, for a tax deductible receipt. Cards of condolence and donations may be sent to the P.O. Box. Refer to account number is 4244-507084.

Taylor Mayor Jeffrey Lamarand says the fund is necessary as a lasting tribute to Cpl. Edwards and financial support for his young family, including a wife and two children.

“Today, the City of Taylor experienced a devastating loss of a member of our Police Department,” Mayor Lamarand said in a statement Friday.  “No words can describe how this impacts our city as a whole. And our hearts and prayers go out to the family of fallen Cpl. Matthew Edwards as well as the entire Police Department and their families.”

Edwards was the first officer killed in the line of duty in the history of the Taylor Police Department.

Stay tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 for the latest developments.

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  • Miranda Wilkins

    I will definitely donate to the officer’s family but not to that organization the THIN BLUE LINE. If you check the charity’s tax returns (990) the lady that runs it takes at least 60% of the money for herself and her husband and her mortgage. According to the 2008 tax return she paid over $150,000 just in salary and mortgage payments to herself and hubby. Sorry but my entire year of mortgage doesn’t equal $57,000 so how does one room in a house qualify for that much. Something is rotten in Denmark.
    I will support the family but not this organization.

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