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Police Officer Edward K. Alley, Jr. | Birmingham Police Department, Alabama Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

Police Officer

Edward K. Alley, Jr.

Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Thursday, December 25, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Alley was shot and killed while apprehending two convenience store robbery suspects. The shooter was sentenced to life without parole.

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I did not know Eddie at the time of his death but I was privileged to have met and worked along side his father,E. K. Alley, beginning in 1983. I remember well that Christmas day that Eddie was so brutally murdered and the sadness it brought to all in the Alley Family. I always remember Eddie at Christmas and throughout the year too. His father was a wonderful person who had a very out-going attitude and always had a big smile on his face. And those sparkling eyes of his just twinkled when he talked of his family and wife, Lila. We shared breakfast at Burger King Vestavia for ages and he became a very good friend. I once asked how he could be so happy after such a tragedy and his answer was he knew that being a policeman and helping others was the only job Eddie would ever have wanted and even though his life was cut short he knew where he had gone. I remember that Karen was just a little thing. I never shared with E. K. that on the day of
Eddie's death I along with so many more Alabamaians were crying with and for them, too. Such a tragedy for such a wonderful family. This was their only child. And poor Karen hardly knew the father that loved her so very much. And hats off to Wanda for the strength she grew to rear this lovely young lady! I, too, always remember the Alley family at Christmas.

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May 15, 2017

 

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