March to remember retired officer killed by looters

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Another march on the streets of St. Louis Thursday afternoon – this one to honor a retired St. Louis police captain who was murdered during rioting earlier this week.

About 100 people, including about 30 St. Louis police officers, marched arm-in-arm down Martin Luther King Drive to remember Captain Dave Dorn.

The march began at Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry. Dorn was working as a security guard at the pawnshop early Tuesday morning when looters arrived. Dorn was shot on the sidewalk and killed. He was 77.

Dozens of friends, family members, and strangers took part in the tribute.

“He will surely be missed because he was just that kind of warm person,” St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden said. “He was very encouraging, a mentor to many—including myself—and so we’re just here to honor him.”

Chief Hayden said investigators have made no arrests and have not identified a suspect. There is a $40,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.

Captain Dorn’s wife and son were not at the march. His sister-in-law and nieces did participate.  

“It’s important for his family to know that the work that he did was not in vain and that he was well respected and appreciated for everything that he did,” said Velma Bailey, a family friend.

North St. Louis resident Bawana Cook didn’t know Captain Dorn personally but wanted to show her support by marching

“As we all have read and known that this was a great man, so if we believe anything about injustice that’s been going on around here now, then we need to be here because it’s not just everybody else killing us; we’re killing each other also,” Cook said.

Dorn was a captain in the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for 38 years. After retiring from the department in 2007, Dorn became the chief of police in Moline Acres.

Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump shared his respect for the former officer.

The president tweeted Tuesday:

“Our highest respect to the family of David Dorn, a Great Police Captain from St. Louis, who was viciously shot and killed by despicable looters last night. We honor our police officers, perhaps more than ever before. Thank you!”

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