SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The third and final memorial service of the day for fallen Shreveport Police Officer Chatéri Payne wrapped up on this Friday night, with funeral services set for Saturday morning.
The public viewing started at noon and ended at 4:30 p.m. at the Winnfield Funeral Home located at 3701 Hollywood Avenue. That was preceded by a two hour private viewing for Officer Payne’s colleagues in the Shreveport Police Department.
At 6:00 p.m., the wake got underway in the Sanctuary at Summer Grove Baptist Church located at 8924 Jewella Avenue. It lasted until 8:00 p.m.
The services were a chance for friends, family colleagues and even perfect strangers to all pay their respects to the fallen officer.
Shreveport resident Marquita Bates said she has no direct connection to this tragedy but felt compelled to attend the public viewing.
“I’m a mother, I have children and for someone’s live just to go. It’s a hard pill to swallow.”
Fellow resident Dianne Claiborne expressed the same sentiment.
“Life is so short and for people going around and taking people’s lives. It’s doesn’t make sense. It’s horrible.”
Longtime city councilman Willie Bradford told us during the public viewing that he hopes this tragedy may help inspire some kind of change in a city racked by violence.
“I think so. Matter of fact, I just talked to a pastor and he was saying that, and he wanted to meet. And I told him we’ll meet. And he said that we’ve got to reach out more to our young people. He said, 'we’ve gotta start in elementary schools.”
Shreveport Police announced the procession route that will take place after the funeral on Saturday.
It will begin by exiting the parking lot of Summer Grove Baptist Church east bound to Jewella Avenue and will then turn north bound on Jewella, until reaching West 70th Street.
At West 70th Street, the procession will turn westbound and continue west until it reaches the Forest Park West Cemetery where interment will take place.
Click here to view the route on a map.
Uelyss Reed is the family’s pastor, and has been working with law enforcement to help plan Saturday’s funeral.
Pastor Reed has also been with the family supporting them since the night of the shooting.
“They have held up tremendously well from the time that it happened up until this point,” says Reed. “Each day they just have to rely on their faith to get them through.”
Reed admits it’s been difficult seeing the family in so much pain.
“To see mothers, grandmothers, and the family all going through the kind of sorrow that they’re going through; nobody wants to go through it,” he said. “In my 38 years of ministry, I haven’t found words because whatever they are , they are pale in comparison to what the need is.”
Reed says they are planning for over 2,000 people to attend the funeral.