Hundreds attend deputy's funeral

WEWOKA, Okla. (AP) - Hundreds of law enforcement officers joined family members and friends to mourn the loss of a Seminole County
sheriff's deputy who was killed in a shootout.

About 800 people filled First Baptist Church of Wewoka and an overflow crowd of nearly 500 others gathered on the lawns and areas outside Thursday afternoon for the funeral of 23-year-old Chase Whitebird.

Whitebird and fellow Deputy Marvin Williams were fatally shot on Sunday while attempting to serve an arrest warrant at a Seminole home.

Seminole County prosecutors have charged 26-year-old Ezekiel Holbert with first-degree murder in connection with the deaths.

In his eulogy, Whitebird's cousin, Adam Bezelhymer, remembered him as a jokester and as someone who liked to give bear hugs.

Williams' funeral is on Saturday.


Information from: The Oklahoman,

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