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Thousand Pack Slain Deputy Funeral In Colorado

Rickey Stokes

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Date: Jan 06 2018 4:42 PM



HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — Thousands of people jammed into a Highlands Ranch church on Friday to remember fallen Douglas County sheriff’s deputy Zackari Parrish.

Lines were long as mourners filed into Cherry Hills Community Church to pay their final respects.

The 29-year-old deputy was shot along with three other sheriff’s deputies, a Castle Rock Police Department SWAT officer and two citizens in an ambush at a Highlands Ranch apartment early Sunday morning.

Parrish died at the scene. Parrish is survived by his wife Gracie and two young children.

Gracie Parrish read a final love letter to her husband in an emotional tribute during the services.

“You, my love, are my hero. I am honored that you chose me to be your bride. And knowing what I know now, I would do it again in a heartbeat,” Gracie Parrish said.

“Save a seat in heaven for me and meet me at the gates when the Lord calls me home. I can’t wait to be held by you again.”

The deputy’s father, Zack Parrish, and Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock also spoke at the services, which was attended by Gov. John Hickenlooper, Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, and Reps. Ken Buck and Mike Coffman.

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