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Service Held Friday for Fallen Officer, Funeral Saturday

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(KCEN) --   Police, family and friends gathered in Killeen Friday night to honor the life of Detective Charles Dinwiddie.

Officer Dinwiddie was killed in the line of duty last week.

From family, to friends, to current and former colleagues and even complete strangers. Officer Dinwiddie's passing is a not only tremendous loss for those who knew him, but the entire Killeen community.

Grief hangs over the Killeen community as thousands gather to pay their final respects to Detective Chuck Dinwiddie.

"When I first heard about the shooting,"  family friend Robert Stone said. "I knew Charlie was on the SWAT team, I just had a gut feeling. "

"My heart kind of dropped you know," said former colleague Valencia Marshall-Harris. "I spoke to him about a year ago, it was the last time I actually got to talk to him telephonically and listen to his laugh."

Officer Dinwiddie served 18-years with the Killeen Police Department. He was a member of the SWAT team for 15 of those years.
    
Dinwiddie and a fellow officer were shot while executing a search warrant at a residence last Friday.  

His life would come to a tragic end just two days later.

Carroll Smith of the Killeen Police Department remembers the many good stories shared with Dinwiddie.

"18 years you have a lot of stories and he definitely had a lot of stories for people to tell," said Smith. "They're just, they're reminiscing just like you know, they would for anyone. They're thinking about all the good things about him because you know, there weren't really any bad things."

Officer Dinwiddie is described by family and friends as a humble and honest man who loved his wife, his children and the force.

"Family man, kind-hearted, loving friend and a wonderful officer and detective," said Stone. "Just a real good person, I mean how else could you describe a guy like Charlie Dinwiddie."

 A funeral service for Officer Dinwiddie was held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Killeen Civic Center.








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