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Patrolman Francis J. Graham | University City Police Department, Missouri University City Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman

Francis J. Graham

University City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Sunday, February 22, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Francis Graham was shot and killed and his partner was seriously wounded when they responded to a domestic disturbance involving a man and his wife on Canton Avenue. The man opened fire with a shotgun as the officers were talking to his wife inside their home.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life on July 30, 1977.

Patrolman Graham had served with the University City Police Department for 7 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.

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Dear Officer Graham,

I remember the times I would come to your house to play with my childhood friend Eileen... your daughter. It seemed you were either coming or going... always in uniform. It made the world feel like a safer place... at least to to this little girl. Then there are always those bizarre memories that linger ... like your front yard full of pancakes ... was it pancakes? I remember thinking "Who would put pancakes in a police officers yard?".
Then I remember the night my mom came upstairs to tell me that you died. I was 8 years old.... I cried myself to sleep... I didn't understand then and I still never will understand your senseless and timely departure. I stood at attention... as rows of children lined a pathway to your funeral... so many people there loved you ... you are missed.

Elizabeth Petrovics - aka - Mooper
Neighbor
February 23, 2015

 

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