The Latest: Billy Ray Cyrus opens memorial for slain officer

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a memorial service for a rookie police officer in Northern California (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

Musician Billy Ray Cyrus is singing a song he wrote for soldiers of the Vietnam War at a service for a 22-year-old rookie officer killed in the line of duty.

He said that Davis Officer Natalie Corona’s smile touched his heart. He called her a “light in this world that won’t be forgotten.”

Bagpipes played as pallbearers solemnly carried her flag-draped casket to a packed memorial at the University of California, Davis.

All 8,000 seats are filled with officers, family, friends and members of the community to bid farewell to Corona, who had wanted to be an officer just like her father.

Corona was shot and killed last week when she responded to a three-car crash.


10:05 a.m.

A program at the memorial service for a California police officer described her as a compassionate, fun-loving 22-year-old whose passion for police work started when she was young.

The program for Friday’s service says Natalie Corona’s love for police work was more than just a career. The Davis police officer was shot and killed Jan. 10 while responding to a traffic call.

The program says Corona was a thrill seeker who went skydiving, loved roller coasters, liked shooting guns and going out with friends and family.

Uniformed officers are arriving for the 11 a.m. service at the University of California, Davis, and taking their seats holding their hats.


12:05 a.m.

Officers are gathering to honor a 22-year-old police officer who was shot and killed just weeks into the job while responding to a traffic crash in a Northern California college town.

Friday’s service for Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona will be held at the University of California, Davis.

UC Davis said it expects up to 6,000 officers in addition to family members, friends and members of the public.

Corona was shot and killed on Jan. 10 when she responded alone to the scene of a three-car crash.

Police are still investigating the motive for the attack. The gunman has been identified as a 48-year-old convict who was banned from owning firearms and took his own life after shooting Corona.

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