Officer John Daniel Kennedy

Officer John Daniel Kennedy

Delray Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, August 10, 1974

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John Daniel Kennedy

Officer John Kennedy was shot and killed when he was ambushed as he sat in his patrol car.

He was writing a report while parked a gas station at the intersection of W. Atlantic Avenue and NW Eight Avenue shortly before 1:20 am. His body was located after he failed to respond to radio transmissions.

One of the suspects was arrested and convicted of second degree murder. He died in prison on February 24th, 2016.

Officer Kennedy had served with the Delray Beach Police Department for nine years. He was survived by his expectant wife, five children, parents, and sister.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 219

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison


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I came to this page because of my friend Lt. Gary Ferreri, who left a beautiful reflection that deeply moved me.
I have attended several ceremonies honoring the memory of Officer Kennedy and was always touched by the numerous stories of his kindness. I have deep respect for police officers and the sacrifices they and their families make. May God Bless the family of Officer Kennedy.

Former Mayor of Delray Beach

January 27, 2023

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