Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Neil Keith Wells

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, April 4, 2001

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Reflections for Police Officer Neil Keith Wells

Officer wells , Rest In Peace you are a hero

Mark Mottola

April 4, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Wells.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 22, 2020

April 4th is such a sad day, not just for me but for our old crew as well. Some of us talk, meet or communicate in some way on this date every year. You will never be forgotten and ours hearts will always ache. You were great to work with and a treasured friend.

Lt. Joan L. Graham (Retired)
Detroit Police Department

April 4, 2019

Here it is, 2018 and you still cross my mind from time to time. I can’t believe 17 years have gone by since this happened. There was something about you that always made me thankful to know you! You were such a good soul and maybe that’s why you were taken so soon. You helped me want to become a police officer, because I looked up to you. Neil, I hope you are at peace!

-An old friend

November 3, 2018

To Neil’s family, I wanted to tell you that Neil’s not forgotten, and never will be. I dreadfully remember his funeral, and pray that God’s shone light unto your lives. Neil was a man amongst men when we worked alongside him! Neil’s death was tragic, and his brothers will always remember his service & sacrifice. Salute.

P.O. (Retired Now)

June 4, 2018

Neil, just wanted to let you know how much your missed. I can still remember like it was yesterday talking to you that Monday night before that terrible monster took your life that Wednesday. If only we had known there would have been so much more to say. Thank you for all the good times and for being there for me. Sure wish I could talk to you now. Always and forever on my mind and in my heart. Thank you Neil for our time we shared as close friends.

Sharon U.
Friend Forever

February 13, 2018

Rest in peace brother. You are a true hero.

Jamie Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriffs Office

January 18, 2018

Officer Wells, I am thinking of you as your family today. It's the day before Thanksgiving. You were the officer that handled my shooting in 1990. You came to my house over on Warrington to check up on me constantly. I was 14. I'm almost 40 now. You came to the hospital too. I've never really processed your death because I heard the news a few years after it happened. I've been carrying it with me, and today it hit me like a ton of bricks. I really really miss you. I have three kids that I know you would have looked out for like you looked out for me. I'm so sorry this happened to you, and I know you are protecting and serving above us. I know you carried me through some tough times. God bless you and your family,

Kristen Lee JD

November 23, 2016

Dear Neil: You will not be forgotten. I'll never forget that day I was driving home from work and heard your name mentioned in the news. I was so very saddened to hear the terrible news and kept several newspaper articles on the tragic story. You were the neighbor boy around the corner that played with my brother, and we became friends. You were the first boy I ever kissed and included in many of my diary entries. Riding on your 10-speed bike past my house, we exchanged waves. Now, it's been 15 years already since you passed. I'll never forget your very blue eyes and gentle spirit. Thoughts and prayers go out to your family always.

Debbie M.
Neighbor and Friend

May 13, 2016

RIP. Your service is not forgotten. God be with you.

Future Detroit PO Ali
Dearborn, MI

April 4, 2016

The sun will never shine as bright,
we are cold without your light,
you were our shining armor knight
and we wish we could hold you tight
one more time.

Love from your girls, Sharon, Shannon, Gena and Sierra. & Mom

Take care of my Nicholas. Til our family is all Together again, we love and miss you both every minute, every day


Sharon Wells
friend and wife

April 17, 2015

Neil, I was thinking about you today. You were a good cop & I enjoyed your company when you came by to hang out. You have a lot of brothers down here that still carry your "spirit," even though everything is in chaos in the city that you served.

An old friend

July 21, 2013

Today is Sunday, May 26, 2013 and it is Memorial Day weekend. Yesterday my best buddy and I decided to take a ride out to Ocqueoc Falls. Coming back on M-68 we stopped at the Ocqueoc Township Cemetary and I took a walk around and straightened out all the floral decorations, flags that had tipped over and left remembrances on various grave stones. I cam across Officer Neil K. Wells' grave and straightened the flag which had fallen to the side of his grave. I also picked up all the shell casings that had fallen off the edge of his headstone and placed them back up on the ledge. I stood there and thought about this man and how his life was stolen from him in such a horrible way in such a terrible place like Detroit and how now is here at rest in such a beautiful place like Ocqueoc. May he rest in peace.


May 26, 2013

RIP Hero

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

August 4, 2012

Was thinking about you last night. I will never forget you. I prayed for you and your family.

Cathy Barrera (Retired)
Dearborn Heights

April 28, 2012

I met your sister during visitation in Kalamazoo for PSO Kapata. I lost my daughter in the line of duty in 2002. We had a very long conversation and I couldn't help but let you know that you are loved and missed so much by your family.

Thank you for your dedicated service and for giving the ultlmate sacrifice.


April 26, 2011

Neil: Hard to believe it's been 10 years now. Not a moment goes by that I don't think of you, your family and the ultimate price you paid for protecting the citizens of Detroit. You are missed..but I know you are still protecting us from above.

OCSO Retired

April 3, 2011



January 21, 2011

I remember when you were just a kid and your brother, Michael K. Wells - (now, living somewhere in Texas, I believe) we had a great series of snowball fights together - Lots of laughs, back then. I hope you rest in peace. Your dad and my dad see each other once and a while, up near Mackinaw. R.I.P. I miss you and your brother, both.


November 2, 2009

Neil, thank you for everything that you taught will never be forgotten.

P.O. J. Watkins
Detroit PD

April 8, 2009

You are a hero!! On the eighth anniversaery of your loss, I just wanted to thank you for your service and sacrifice. A noble effort, to rid the world of drugs and drug dealers!! And then to be murdered for it! What a blow to all of us!!

I have never even thought of visiting Detroit because I thought it was dangerous and losing Officer Wells underlines that.

To his family and friends, I pray for you all that life is easier now.

Love, Your new "aunt" in California
Aunt LoVae

LoVae Pray Martines, Law Enf. Liaison
MADD-San Bernardino County, CA

April 4, 2009


Hard to believe it's been 8 years already. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you and wish I could see that smile..just one more time. I hope you are still at peace. I know you are with me, watching out for me, as you did the people and the city of Detroit. You gave the ultimate for them, and we are the ones still left here to miss you and love you. Until we meet again. I love you. K


April 4, 2009

Wow, I can not believe its been eight years sense we lost you. It seems like yesterday. Sorry it's been so long sense my last reflection. I miss you bro.

Here's to one of the most stand up men I've ever known, Neil Wells. Love you brother.

Patrolman D. Baur
Detroit Police Dept.

April 4, 2009

Officer Wells your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

May 17, 2008

I remember meeting you at a shooting competition. You helped me in ways others could not. You encouraged me to follow my dreams. We even went out for drinks a few times and you told me how proud you were of becoming a grandpa soon. I still think of you often and I know you are with our savior in a safe place. I saw someone the other day that resembled you so much that it brought tears to my eyes. I miss you so much!

Shawn Dawson (Stieber)

April 15, 2008

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