Neighbors react to officer killing

September 24, 2008 8:59:15 PM PDT
A day after the brutal killing of Philadelphia police officer Patrick McDonald, people who knew him, served alongside him, and lived in his community are expressing their sorrow. In the Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood where he lived family, friends, fellow officers and those who didn't even know him gathered to share their grief, and embrace McDonald's parents and sister.

Patrick McDonald grew up in this neighborhood and bought his parents house a few years ago.

Wednesday, they returned to the now empty house to make funeral arrangements.

McDonald's dress uniform was taken to the funeral home to prepare for the viewing.

Among those who came to pay their respects was former neighbor Marilyn Szatkowski who's son, Daniel, is also a police officer.

He and Patrick grew up across the street from each other and attended the police academy together.

"This is very hard, this is very hard. I just wanted to come over, say hello, and pay my respects," Szatkowski said.

McDonald wasn't a big guy, but he managed to excel on his high school football team at Archbishop Ryan. His former athletic director says he carried his work ethic from the football field to the police force.

"He was one of those guys who gave that extra effort in practice, who worked real hard every day," said George Todt. "I think he took a lot of pride in himself and he wanted to give his best effort. Those are the characteristics that everyone has talked about as he moved on in his life."

Having a cop as a neighbor made people feel safe. Now, that sense of security has been shaken.

It's the same in Officer Rick Bowes' neighborhood. Bowes was also shot on Tuesday, wounded in the hip. He's recovering from his injury.

His neighbors were also unnerved when they heard he had been shot.

"I say to Rick, every time I see you go to work I pray that you come home safely, " said Marianne France.

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