INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) —The funeral for Indianapolis Metro Police Officer Kimberlee Carmack took place Wednesday.
The department says Officer Carmack was killed last week by her ex-husband, IMPD Sgt. Ryan Anders, before he turned the gun on himself.
“It’s different when it’s one of your own, obviously,” said Bill Owensby, Fraternal Order of Police president. “[It] is truly a unique situation, and it’s shocked the entire department.”
Family and officers paid respects at a viewing Tuesday night for Carmack.
In the days following her death, 24-Hour News 8 spoke with retired IMPD officer Spencer Moore, who, in 2011, lost his son David Moore in the line of duty.
“As a family, IMPD has got to understand that this is an ongoing process,” Moore said. “My wife Jo Ann, she and I are still in the grieving process three years later. It’s a different type of grieving, you just remove time from it, but there’s still a grief to it.”
IMPD Sgt. Dawn Higgins said she knew Officer Carmack for over 20 years.
“I know that sounds trite when we say police want to help people, but truly she was a kind soul and worked really hard to get on the police department,” Higgins said. “And I know it’s hard to believe, but even 20 years ago as a female it was somewhat difficult at times, so she worked really hard.”
Higgins said she and other IMPD officers are looking to one another, their families and clergy for support.
The funeral was Wednesday morning at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral downtown ahead of the procession to Crown Hill Cemetery.
Kitty Barnett sat on the hood of her car in front of IMPD’s Southwest District on Wednesday. All morning, she anticipated seeing Officer Kimberlee Carmack’s funeral procession.
According to Barnett, the 20-year IMPD veteran was the first to comfort her in 2008 when her 12-year-old son died in a garage door accident.
“She was a sweet person,” said Barnett.
From the morning through the afternoon, Carmack’s squad car sat at the district, as mourners dropped off cards, flowers, and posters.
Pastor Michael Searcy, who pastors a church in Haughville, told 24-Hour News 8 that Carmack would constantly check on those in the community.
“She was always easy to talk to and concerned, very concerned. She was just a good person to be around,” said Searcy.
Police Chief Rick Hite spoke to the media shortly after the funeral, and cautioned the public to remember that officers are human.
“We suffer from the same challenges,” said Hite. “Officers are human.”