Michael Lee EdwardsLos Angeles Police Department, California
End of Watch: Saturday, May 11, 1974
Reflections for Police Officer Michael Lee Edwards
Hard to believe the memories of this day 34 years ago are still so vivid. I remember a lot, & can still see Lon, your partner's ashen face in my mind's eye. Along with hundreds of brother officers. I can see the chapel, too. As you were no doubt up there watching you know that I was the last one to leave your final resting place.
Stuck in denial I just could not bring myself to believe that it was you that we had lost. I had to wait until the grounds keepers were through & had left before I could finally put my idling Plymouth into gear & drive away, dumbfounded & in tears.
Why do we always lose the best ?
You'll remember that we worked together for a while in the hellhole that was 77th Street in '72. My locker was about three to the left of yours and I will always remember your quick, shy smile & your sometimes maddening upbeat demeanor as we chatted, getting ready for roll call.
You were always the consummate professional & seeing your name next to mine on the assignment board for the next day's shift always put me in a better mood.
There were some great guys down there in 77th, but there were never enough like you. And I know your partners felt the same as I did.
You touched more lives than you can ever know.
I don't get down south to California much these days but as always I will stop by & say 'hi' again when I do.
Your late August birthday and May 11 and 15 are always on my calendar for reminders.
And I know you won't mind if I quietly hoist a small glass of Irish in your memory on these days.
You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten.
All the best, partner.
Michael D. McKinney, Policeman
LAPD 16819, Ret'd, Ex-Partner in 77th
May 16, 2008
ON THIS DAY THE 34TH ANNIVERSARY OF YOUR DEATH, WE ARE HONEING YOUR MEMORY, WE ALL PRAY THAT SOME DAY SOON YOU CAN TRULY BE AT REST. MAYBE THIS YEAR WILL BE YOUR YEAR! I LOOK BACK ON ALL THE REFELECTIONS AND SEE THAT YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN, MAYBE THEY WILL LOOK INTO THIER HEARTS FOR YOU THIS YEAR AND COME TOGETHER TO SOLVE THIS TRAGEDY.
May 10, 2008
Officer Edwards, you are not forgotten. I know this horrendous crime may not have been solved, butyour killer will one day face judgement. Thank you for your service. We will always remember and carry on the fight.
May 9, 2008
As we approach the 34th anniversary of your death, we all wish that closure would come. You brother and father are with you now. Your mother is still with us and I know that she wishes nothing more, but to find closure in this senseless crime. If anyone has any ideas of what may have happened let's not let another year go by so that you may rest in peace finally. We think about you everyday Michael. Your son and daughter have grown. I know they both wish peace for you. Hopefully there are fellow officers out there that may remember or think of small incident that may help. I just wanted to say that I am remembering you today and that I haven't forgotten and sometimes it seems like yesterday. May you soon be able to rest.
March 22, 2008
God has already solved this murder. We just have to
wait for Him to tell us when and if we see Him. Time
has not diminished your service or sacrifice.
January 3, 2008
After reading the reflections of Officer Edwards’s partners and fellow officers, I strongly encourage all of you to join together in solving this murder. The family has a right to know and to have some sort of closure to this senseless crime.
If you are already actively working this case, then thank you. If not, why not?
Family: Please accept my deepest sympathy for your tragic loss. This one was especially hard to read.
November 3, 2007
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
September 17, 2007
The event of your execution has been with me all these years.I remember the back up you gave the veterans and rookies in the streets of 77th.In difficult situations you were there.As a rookie at roll call or on patrol the sound of you calling out HANK MI BOY...I knew all was well.I regret to this day not being there for you on that May 11th. Mike,you were the best of the best.My promise is to get more involved with the help of others to find out what happened and who did it...Now that Im sober. GOD KEEP YOU IN THE PALM OF HIS LOVING HAND
May 14, 2007
Michael, I never met you but I know so much about your life & your death. Your daughter is my bset friend. We honor your memory as often as possible. I am so sorry that you were murdered. Thank you for the beautiful legacy you have left with us. I am so grateful that you live on in Tobie & her brother & his daughter. Your image is a blessing to me.
Jackie Rose Humphrey
May 11, 2007
This Mother's Day it will be 33 years since this tragedy has happened. Today I sit and wonder way I still have no answers, only questions. His father is now with him, yet his Mother, Wife and kids would still like answers. I don't know what the bigger tragedy is that he is still gone or that 3 decades later we still have no answers. Now is the time to reflect and ask these questions of your fellow officers. It still may not be to late to close this case and truly let him rest in piece.
May 10, 2007
Lord I ask for courage
Courage to face and
Conquer my own fears...
Courage to take me
Where others will not go...
I ask for strength
Strength of the body to protect others
And strength of the spirit to lead others...
I ask for dedication
Dedecation to my job, to do it well
Dedecation to my community
To keep it safe...
Give me Lord, concern
for others who trust me
and compassion for those who need me...
And please Lord
Through it all
Be by my side...
May 10, 2007
Next week I will be presenting a class regarding Off-Duty Tactics. It will give me an opportunity to pass Your memory on to some of the "LAPD New Breed." (May You Rest-In-Peace)
Maj M. B. Parlor
USMC / LAPD
April 19, 2007
In four weeks, it will have been 33 years. Funny, how I came on "the job" ten years after your murder, yet people (some with more time than I), come to me and ask me "What was the name of the 77th cop who was executed...?" I guess they know that guys like me will NEVER let your memory die. It was passed down to me by Old Timers, and I wil ensured that it is passed on to the Newbies......
Of course, Your spirit knows that I dare not type anymore than that.....
Maj M. B. Parlor
USMC / LAPD
April 18, 2007
I hope the killers are caught, this day ruined my family. Want to know what happened??? Never forgotten.
March 19, 2007
You were a great partner and police officer.
P3 Robert Moore
X LAPD Former partner
June 21, 2006
At the beginning of every shift, myself and the other officers on shift dedicate the day to the memory of a fallen officer.
Tonight, May 11, 2006 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Police Officer Michael Lee Edwards who died in the line of duty on this date 32 years ago.
When one law enforcement officer falls, we all stumble for a while, but we will carry on.
Officer Edwards’ sacrifice will never be forgotten.
Sgt. Paul Bissonnette
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Surrey, BC
May 11, 2006
You are not forgotten Officer Edwards. God Bless you.
Sergeant Tim Milliman
L.A. Sheriff's Dept.
May 11, 2006
Justice will come some day.
Know that you are not forgotten.
May 11, 2006
Our Lord will see to justice for you and it will be more powerful than any we could supply in this life.May you Rest in Peace knowing this and may Our Lord comfort your loved ones.
May 11, 2006
May we never forget Mike Edwards.
May 10, 2006
May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
You’re Brothers in Blue
Untouchables LE Motorcycle Club
January 19, 2006
We will never forget you nor will we ever stop trying to find the coward who took your life. God bless your family. Remember he/she will pay at judgement day. The Lord said, "Vengence is his."
January 9, 2006
I Pray everyday that one day we will find the answers to what happened to my father. Thank you for not forgetting Mike Edwards.
January 9, 2006
It was a terrible day when I came back from a day off and I found out you were killed. I still pray they catch the killer(s). You were a good cop and friend.
Tony Barone Police Officer Retired
December 29, 2005
I was assigned this case in 1974. There is not a day I wonder about Mikes death. Maybe someday it will be solved. That is my prayer!
Det III/Sgt T.McGuine
December 1, 2005
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