UCF police officer will be laid to rest in Tarpon Springs

7:39 AM, Nov 2, 2005   |    comments
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Orlando, Florida - A University of Central Florida police officer shot outside a UCF football game will be laid to rest tomorrow in Tarpon Springs. The U-S Department of Veterans Affairs denied a request from Mario Jenkins' widow to have him buried in a military cemetery. Military officials say Jenkins' seven months of training with the US Marine Corps and his six years in the Reserve don't meet the 24-month active-duty requirement. State legislators say the asked President Bush for help, but didn't get a reply. Family members say they can't wait any longer and need closure. Jenkins was shot and killed while investigating underage drinking at tailgate parties during a September 24th football game. Jenkins got into a scuffle with a student. He fired his gun into the air and was then shot by reserve Orlando police officer Dennis Smith, who witnesses say was nearby.

Associated Press & Tampa Bay's 10 News

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