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Arnulfo Crispin's Funeral: Lakeland prepares to say goodbye to fallen officer

12:53 PM, Dec 27, 2011   |    comments
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  • Coffin arrives at Lakeland Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin's funeral

Lakeland, Florida - Thousands are paying respects to Lakeland Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin, who was shot and killed last week while responding to a call of suspicious individuals.

The funeral began at 10:00 a.m. at Lakeland's Victory Church. The service ended shortly before 11:30, and a procession has begun that will transport the officer's body to Oak Hill Cemetery.

Photo Gallery: Officer Arnulfo Crispin's funeral pictures

Detours and traffic delays are expected from early morning through the afternoon as police clear roadways. Rain and lightning are also expected to be issues mid-afternoon.

The procession will leave Victory Church following the service heading east along Griffin Road, then south on Florida Avenue.   It will continue southeast on Bartow Road to Oak Hill Cemetery.

If you'd like to make a donation, the family is asking for the money to go to the Lakeland Police Department. You can also either mail a check or drop one off at any Wells Fargo bank location.

Officer Crispin was just 25 years old and had only been with the Lakeland Police Department for just 18 months when he was gunned down last week.

19-year-old Kyle Williams is charged with first degree murder for allegedly shooting Officer Crispin in the head the night of December 18.

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