Officer Charles Irvine Jr. was killed in a car accident while pursuing a suspect in Milwaukee. The brave officer was only 23 years old at the time.Avant Turner walked by the memorial built in honor of the fallen officer a few days after the tragedy.
The 12-year-old boy couldn’t help but notice a squad car draped in black and adorned with beautiful flowers and gifts from community members. Avant could barely see the car underneath because there were so many.Avant was curious about who owned the squad car until he noticed a photo of officer Irvine among the flowers.
Avant was in trouble. Avant was familiar with this officer. In fact, they’d formed a bond that few people in the neighborhood were aware of.Avant was deeply moved by his grief upon learning of his friend’s untimely demise.
Avant was struggling with his emotions and decided to write them down while at school.After school, the young boy returned to the memorial and placed the handwritten letter he had written among the sea of flowers and gifts.
The single piece of white paper was not as visually appealing as the colorful bouquets and trinkets at the memorial, but Avant’s words were the most personal gift left at the memorial. Avant expressed gratitude to Officer Irvine for being a friend and taking the time to assist him.
Avant claimed that he would frequently stop by the police station on his way to school. Officer Irvine, he said, would talk to him about school and life, and would sometimes help him with schoolwork. He claimed that no one was aware of his friendship with the officer. Avant expressed his regret at the loss of his friend.
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