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LITTLE ELM (CBSDFW.COM) – Today North Texans and people from across the country will gather to remember the Little Elm Police Department detective killed in the line of duty last week.

Hundreds, if not thousands of people, are expected to line the streets this afternoon to remember Detective Jerry Walker. His body is being moved from the funeral home in Aubrey, through the town of Little Elm, to Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano for a public viewing.

Anyone wanting to pay their respects is being asked to line the streets along Eldorado Parkway, from FM 720 through Little Elm, for the procession.

The outpouring of support for Detective Walker is still evident at the Little Elm Police Department. People have come from miles around to leave flowers, candles and cards outside the department where Detective Walker worked for 18 years.

Connie Dove lives in The Colony but came to let Detective Walker’s family and co-workers know they’re not grieving alone. Referring to a letter she was leaving at the police station Dove said, “I wrote it for the friends and the family… just to let them know that I care, that I have a concern for them and my heart goes out to them.”

Detective Walker, 47, is being remembered for his love for the job. But that came to an end when he was shot and killed on January 17.

The loss has impacted just about everyone in the small town. The community is close-knit, so many people who either knew Walker well or knew his friendly face around town as an officer and a citizen.

Little Elm firefighters work right across the hall from police at the public safety center.

They shared a message for Detective Walker on Facebook. It said, in part –

“Although you are gone from our earthly world, we know you will continue to protect us from your heavenly home. Your passion to serve the public will forever be with in our hearts as we continue to serve in your honor.”

The processional from the funeral home to the church will begin around 3:30 p.m. The route from Aubrey will be:

  • South on Highway 377
  • South on FM 424
  • East on Highway 380
  • South on FM 720
  • East on Eldorado Parkway
  • South on Dallas North Tollway
  • Exit Legacy/Tennyson
  • West on Tennyson-Midway
  • End at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano

The public viewing for Detective Jerry Walker will take place tonight from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. His memorial service will be held Tuesday. Walker is the first officer in Little Elm to have been killed in the line of duty.

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