Vice President Joe Biden expected in Baton Rouge for Thursday memorial
Vice President Joseph Biden is planning to attend a community memorial service in Baton Rouge on Thursday for the three law enforcement officers who were fatally shot in an ambush attack July 17, sources tell Daily Report.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards first announced plans for the nondenominational service last week. At the time, his office said only that federal, state and local officials would attend the service.
The governor’s press office today would not confirm Biden’s visit. But Edwards Press Secretary Shauna Sanford says the White House will release details Tuesday about the event.
The service is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Healing Place Church, 19202 Highland Road.
Several community memorials have been held throughout the city since the deadly shooting. On Sunday, Edwards attended mass at St. Joseph Cathedral with elected officials and law enforcement officers, including Mayor Kip Holden, Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie and District Attorney Hillar Moore III. Bishop Robert Muench celebrated the mass.
Earlier today, slain Baton Rouge Police Department Cpl. Montrell Jackson was laid to rest. Funeral services for the other two officers killed in the attack, BRPD Officer Matthew Gerald and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Garafola, were held on Friday and Saturday, respectively.