Private Burial Follows Public Memorial For Slain Officers

MIAMI (CBS4) — A private burial will take place for two slain Miami-Dade police officers following an emotional hours-long public memorial in downtown Miami.

The bodies of officers Roger Castillo and Amanda Haworth are being taken back to Vista Memorial Gardens in Miami Lakes. Road closures begin at the arena north on Biscayne Boulevard to I-395 west, then connect to I-95 north onto State Road 826 east to the Northwest 57th Avenue exit. The procession then will go south on Northwest 57th Avenue to the entrance of Vista Memorial Gardens Funeral Home.

At the funeral home, officer Rebeca Perez of the Miami-Dade Police Department told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “It hurts us all because we are all brothers and sisters. This is a large family. We’re the extended family. That’s not just something we talk about that is something we feel. He was such a good person. A good husband to his wife and a good father. We pray we won’t have to see something like this happen again.”

Detective Roy Rutland agreed. “We are overwhelmed and we are thankful for the public’s support, which has been amazing. I can’t think of a better way of showing tribute to these warriors who loved doing what they are doing. They are family, and they were doing that one job of taking offenders and murderers off the streets,” said Rutland. “You know the good guy is not supposed to die, and that is exactly what happened here. And we as a family in law enforcement are devastated.”

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez told the mourning officers during the memorial that in the days after the shooting he’d heard countless accolades from people describing Castillo and Haworth.

“Their bravery in the face of danger is unquestioned,” Alvarez said.

Click here to read more about the tributes given to officers Castillo and Haworth at Monday’s memorial.

Click here to learn more about how the South Florida community is reacting to the tragedy.

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  • Clara Lynne Vande Hei

    Today’s coverage on Channel 4 was amazing. Thank you so much. We stayed glued to the set and cried through all the tributes and the processions. This is community news coverage at its finest. Our community is really hurting right now and your coverage will help us heal. We too, renew our commitment and support to those law enforcement personnel who protect us each and every day. Thank you all.

  • TH Lindsay

    I fly for a major airline in MIA. En route home today to Ft. Lauderdale I saw a police presence unlike that of 9/11 in NYC. I was pushed to outer lanes by local police officers and slowed down by the waving and hand signals of locals. I became scared….again! I lived 9/11 with the loss of colleagues and friends. I realized as I was going 10 mph on a 95 N on ramp that it was for OUR slain officers..I slowed to a speed unimaginable to those that know 95 in Miami -Dade/Broward. Goose bumps rose on my arms. To those who think time was better spent elsewhere…NO time is spent better than on those who have served US! Be Proud..Be observant..Don’t be bitter. Our family has served us!! God Bless Them.

    • Rell

      You Rock! Thank you for your REAL HUMAN BEING remarks.

  • osmel

    Those inocents who the police have killed have received the same coverage and attention???
    How much such a procession cost to us???
    The traffic was hell today do to the funeral
    Are police officers better human than we are???

  • Thomas Schell

    What a tribute to ALL Law Inforcement as the showing of support of private citizens.Thankyou Ladies and gentleman for keeping us safe.Very moving tribute to the fallen angels,Hero’s.May god Bless the both of you.

  • Jon T.

    Speak proper english then discuss…osmel!!!

  • SisterofCountyOfficers

    Let’s get all 911 dispatchers to block any call from Osmel and his family in the future. We will see how he feels then, as to why these officers were honored in such fashion. They take an oath to place their life on the line for you Osmel. My family members in law enforcement swear to protect you. Let’s just ignore any SOS request from you, and see how you enjoy being in gridlock traffic, because of a 2 dead cops. Some people are heartless and ignorant.

  • carmen

    Lol sisterofcountypig: Yes, all officers swear to protect and serve, but many steal and kill. Hell, before you say your “I do’s”. we swear to stay with our spouse, and there are so many divorces. The kids across the ocean are those who protect our freedoms, when do we shut the city down. and pay our respect to them? They are way important than these local murderers, we call cops!

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