In the end, Dorner fell blessedly short of his stated goals.
Despite declaring war on “those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty,” the only victim with a direct link to the department was Monica Quan. And it is more than a little ironic that a man lashing out against racial injustice should murder the daughter of the LAPD’s first Chinese-American captain.
A joint memorial service for Quan and Lawrence is planned for Feb. 24 at Irvine’s Concordia University, where they met. Lawrence — at the request of his father — will be buried in his public safety officer’s uniform, said his training supervisor Capt. David Carlisle.
The service had been on hold while Quarn’s father was in custody to protect him from Dorner’s rampage.
On Wednesday, Crain — the father who loved attending his 4-year-old daughter’s dance recitals and coaching his son’s baseball team — was buried with full honors. His 10-year-old son, Ian, joined officers carrying his father’s casket out of the church to the mournful drone of bagpipes.
MacKay’s funeral is scheduled Thursday at San Bernardino’s San Manuel Amphitheater. The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, with whom he’d often played, will be there to send him off.
Loftis is having trouble imagining life without his friend. Coming to grips with the depth of Dorner’s betrayal is even harder.
“He got the best of us. He took one of the best that we have,” he said ruefully. “He lost a job because he didn’t deserve it, and he takes these officers’ lives, really, for nothing. It was stupid and senseless.”
Julie Watson and Tami Abdollah reported from California; A. Breed reported from Raleigh, N.C. Associated Press writers Greg Risling, Gillian Flaccus, Robert Jablon in Los Angeles; Elliot Spagat in San Diego; Ken Ritter in Las Vegas; and researchers Rhonda Shafner and Susan James in New York contributed to this report.