Security Officer Michael Valentin laid to rest

2:06 PM, Nov 30, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- The security officer shot and killed by a 16-year-old felon during an attempted robbery was laid to rest at a Friday morning funeral service.

The service was held at St. Marks the Evangelist Catholic Church in New Tampa.

Michael Valentin, who was 38, was working as a security officer at Grand Oaks apartments on Tampa's Hanna Avenue when police say he was approached by 16-year-old Larry Donnell Brown.

Valentin was armed, but never had a chance to defend himself.

Police say the teen shot him in the upper body.

Police say the shooting was part of a week long crime spree for the teen that started with the theft of the gun the day of the murder.

Police believe Brown used that same gun to hold up two USF students at an ATM on Tampa's Fowler Avenue.

Valentin moved to the Tampa area about a year ago after working nine years as a peace officer in New York City, protecting the homeless.

He was employed by the security company, Critical Intervention Services.

Valentin was a husband and a father of two young boys.

His family has not spoken publicly since his death, but released this statement:

"We, the family, are extremely grateful for the diligent work of the Tampa Police Department (TPD). They were able to apprehend the individual responsible for Michael's murder and now justice will be served. We are taking this time to celebrate Michael's life. We are very proud of Michael and the service he has provided these communities."

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