The final details are coming together for the funeral planned for IMPD Officer David Moore. He will be laid to rest next Tuesday in a service that's expected to bring thousands of people to downtown Indianapolis.
The route for the funeral is as follows: the service will start at Conseco Fieldhouse. The funeral procession will head north from Conseco on Delaware Street, northeast on Fall Creek and east on 30th Street in order to pass by the North District Headquarters (3120 E. 30th Street). It will then continue east on 30th before turning north on Sherman Drive, west 38th Street and west on 38th Street. As the procession nears Crown Hill Cemetery it will turn off of 38th and head south on Capitol Avenue before entering the cemetery at the 34th St. entrance.
Flags are at half staff across the area: on the top of the Statehouse and outside police headquarters, as well as at the City-County Building in Indianapolis. It is a very public reminder of the life lost. At the same time, the planning process is underway for what's being called an enormous task: Officer David Moore's public funeral plans.
"It was awesome to see everyone come together from so many different departments at our meeting today. Southport, Lawrence, Beech Grove, Speedway, Hancock County, the Indianapolis Airport Police and I am sure I am leaving someone out," said Marion County Sheriff John Layton.
The Marion County's Sheriff's Department is taking on the task of filling the voids in public safety that will be created by the IMPD officers who will be encouraged to attend the funeral.
At least four dozen MCSD deputies will be re-assigned to street patrols and funeral procession route duty. Also two MCSD Majors will be assigned to supervise the patrols.
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 86, as they have for past memorials, is thoroughly planning for Tuesday's events, which includes a military-provided caisson that will carry Officer Moore's body when it arrives at the cemetery.
"There will be the garrison flag. It is a huge flag held up by two aerial ladders from the Indianapolis Fire Department. There will be a 21 gun salute, taps, and more. It is befitting of a hero," said FOP President Bill Owensby.
Clayton Thomas, drum major for the Indianapolis Firefighters' Emerald Society Bagpipe Band, says he also expects between 60 and 100 bagpipers to join the band from surrounding cities like Chicago, cincinnatti and Cleveland.
"The family really wants as many as we can get here to come and play with us. The bigger the better. I mean, you have 65 pipes playing amazing grace and I guarantee you it's going to get you."
While the planning continues for Officer Moore's funeral, at IMPD north district headquarters the public continues to pay their respects where Officer Moore's patrol car is on display. At the same time, fellow officers filled the street in the yard of the home where Officer Moore was shot Sunday morning. It's a memorial shooting witness Ruth Lyles is honored to host.
"They [police officers] do put their lives on the line yes they do. I know I couldn't do it," said Lyles.
Also, inside the City-County building in front of 58 other images of officers killed in the line of duty now sits a large framed photograph of IMPD Officer David Moore. The photograph is draped with a black cloth and is cordoned off to secure the area near the memorial.
As maintenance crews were putting Moore's image on display passersby were already taking their own photographs of the new display. The memorial wall sits on the ground floor of the Marion County City County Building's East Wing. The City County Building is located at 200 East Washington Street in Indianapolis.